Pakistan responds back hard to US nuclear related sanctions against 7 companies

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ISLAMABAD - Pakistan has rejected reports regarding the addition of seven Pakistani entities to the Entity List maintained by the Bureau of Industry and Security of the US Department of Commerce.

In a statement, the Foreign Office Spokesperson said that it is well-known that the Entity List maintained by the US Department of Commerce is a dynamic list where entities and businesses from several countries, including from NSG member states, are added and removed based on the national technical determination made by the relevant US authorities.

He said that we caution against unnecessarily politicizing the issue and reject attempts by Pakistan’s detractors to exploit these listings to cast aspersions on Pakistan’s non-proliferation credentials.

He said that the entities in question are private sector companies.

He said that Pakistan believes that there should be no undue restrictions on the access to dual-use items and technologies for peaceful and legitimate purposes.

The Spokesperson said that Pakistan’s efforts in the area of export controls and non-proliferation as well as nuclear safety and security are well known and Pakistan and US have a history of cooperation in these areas.

He said such attempts give rise to doubts about the motivation and timing of these measures which will be seen as being politically-driven.

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