Islamabad (VOA) —
Pakistan’s Acting Prime Minister has denied that his country is selling weapons for Ukraine to use in its war against Russia. He called reports of the arms sale “a fallacy.”
In an exclusive interview with VOA, Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar said Pakistan did not sell weapons to the United States (US) for Ukraine.
“We will investigate if (Pakistani weapons) are used elsewhere. However, to Pakistan’s knowledge, our weapons are not intended for Ukraine or anywhere else,” Kakar said.
A recent investigative report by online news platform Soch found links between Pakistani sales of small arms and ammunition to two US companies. Using publicly available procurement data, the report concluded the items were part of Washington’s Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative.
“We are investigating how all this confusion has happened and what is the reason behind the confusion,” said Karkar.
Previously, a spokesperson responded to VOA’s questions about the matter by asking VOA to send questions via email. “We have no statement to respond to this.”
Pakistan has tried to maintain neutrality in Russia’s war in Ukraine. A visit by Imran Khan, then Prime Minister of Pakistan, to Moscow on the day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, embarrassed Islamabad, and angered Washington. (ft/ah)