New reports of discussion on Pakistan Ukraine Arms deal
Pakistan, on Wednesday, dismissed any discussion regarding arms supply between the defence ministers of Pakistan and Ukraine during their telephonic conversation, as reported by ARY News.
Foreign Office (FO) Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch emphasized Pakistan's policy of refraining from supplying arms to regions in conflict, stating that there has been no past supply and no intention to supply arms to Ukraine.
During the telephonic conversation on November 7, 2023, the topic of arms supply was not addressed, according to the FO spokesperson. Emphasizing Pakistan's stance, Baloch highlighted the country's advocacy for a negotiated solution to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
In the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine a year ago, Pakistan has maintained a delicate balance. Despite external pressure, particularly from the US and its western allies, Islamabad has not publicly condemned Russia. Additionally, Pakistan abstained from voting on a resolution at the UN General Assembly session against Russia on two occasions.
Furthermore, in response to a news story by Intercept alleging the sale of Pakistani weapons to Ukraine in exchange for an International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout package, Pakistan rejected the claims.
Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, denounced the Intercept story as baseless and fabricated in response to media queries.