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FO rubbishes report claiming Pakistan bought weapons to Ukraine for IMF deal | Topurdu

Picture exhibiting two safety personnel standing guard exterior the Ministry of International Affairs (Mofa) in Islamabad. — AFP/File
  • FO phrases The Intercept’s  story as “baseless and fabricated.”
  • Giving some other color to Pak-IMF talks is “disingenuous”: Baloch. 
  • Says Pakistan doesn’t present any arms and ammunition to them. 

The International Workplace on Monday rejected a international media report claiming Pakistan was allegedly promoting weapons to Ukraine to get the Worldwide Financial Fund (IMF) bailout bundle.

In its ‘baseless and fabricated’ report, The Intercept — an internet information organisation — claimed that Islamabad was secretly promoting arms to Kyiv as a part of its deal struck with the Washington-based lender.

“These arms gross sales had been meant to produce the Ukrainian army, therefore, forcing Pakistan to take a aspect within the Russia-Ukraine battle,” the report had claimed.

Responding to media queries in regards to the false report, FO spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch categorically rejected the story as “baseless and fabricated”.

“The IMF Standby Association for Pakistan was efficiently negotiated between Pakistan and the IMF to implement troublesome however important financial reforms. Giving some other color to those negotiations is disingenuous,” the spokesperson stated.

She additional stated that Islamabad maintains a coverage of strict neutrality within the dispute between Ukraine and Russia and in that context, doesn’t present any arms and ammunition to them.

“Pakistan’s defence exports are at all times accompanied by strict end-user necessities,” she added.

Ukrainian FM rejects media speculations

On July 20, Ukrainian International Minister Dmytro Kuleba, who arrived in Islamabad on a two-day official go to, had denied media stories claiming that Pakistan was supplying arms to Kyiv amid its ongoing battle with Russia.

Addressing a joint information convention together with then-foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari within the federal capital, Kuleba had stated there was no arms provide settlement between Pakistan and Ukraine.

He additionally thanked Pakistan for supporting Ukraine’s stance on its sovereignty and safety.

The Ukrainian FM had additionally expressed curiosity in boosting commerce and financial ties saying that the nation was wanting ahead to holding the inaugural assembly of a Pakistan-Ukraine fee on financial cooperation.

Ukraine considers Pakistan an excellent companion and was able to work within the space of meals safety, he had added.

Ukraine’s prime diplomat had additionally praised Pakistan’s humanitarian help to the individuals of the conflict-hit nation.

Talking on the event, Bilawal had emphasised the significance of peaceable decision of disputes and conflicts by means of dialogue and engagements, saying Pakistan was able to assist peace initiatives for lasting stability within the area.

In July this 12 months, the IMF had deposited $1.2 billion into the State Financial institution of Pakistan’s (SBP) account, boosting the cash-strapped nation’s hope for financial stability, because it teetered getting ready to default for a number of months.

Earlier, the worldwide lender’s government board authorised a $three billion SBA underneath a nine-month programme, which got here after eight months of powerful negotiations over fiscal self-discipline.

Pakistan had reached a staff-level settlement with the IMF in June, securing a short-term pact, which acquired greater than anticipated funding for the crises-hit nation of 230 million.

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