FO spurns ‘fabricated’ report that claims Pakistan sold arms to Ukraine for IMF deal

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ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Monday rejected a media report regarding the alleged sale of Pakistani weapons to Ukraine to get the IMF bailout package. A report published by The Intercept claimed that Islamabad reportedly engaged in ‘secret’ arms sales to the United States as part of a controversial bailout deal with the IMF earlier this year. The publication backed its claims by two sources with knowledge of the arrangement, saying that internal documents from both the Pakistani and American governments confirm the development.

“These arms sales were intended to supply the Ukrainian military, hence, forcing Pakistan to take a side in the Russia-Ukraine conflict,” it claimed.

Responding to media queries regarding the issue, FO Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch rejected the story as “baseless and fabricated”.