The BBC Urdu published a report claiming that Pakistan sold $364 million worth of arms to Ukraine through two US companies for its war with Russia. The Foreign Office of Pakistan denied these claims, stating that Pakistan maintained strict neutrality in the conflict. The alleged arms sales took place during the rule of the Pakistan Democratic Movement, and the Army chief at the time was Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.
The report also mentioned that the deliveries were made in a British military cargo plane from the Nur Khan Air Base and the State Bank of Pakistan showed a significant increase in arms exports during FY2022-23. The report quoted a document of the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative showing contracts for the supply of 155mm shells to Ukraine in August 2022.
Despite the denial from Pakistani authorities, the BBC Urdu report alleged specific details of the arms sales, including the involvement of the American companies “Global Military” and “Northrop Grumman”. The report has also reached out to the Foreign Office and Defence Ministry for comment but has not yet received a response.
The article mentioned that the contracts expired in October 2023 and cited evidence including flight paths and financial data to support its claims. The report also highlighted the political context in Pakistan at the time of the alleged arms sales.
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