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Pakistan Denies Indian Allegations Of Seized Ship Carrying Nuclear Machinery

Pakistan Denies Indian Allegations Of Seized Ship Carrying Nuclear Machinery

Pakistan has refuted Indian claims that a Karachi-bound ship, the CMA CGM Attila, seized in Mumbai, was carrying machinery for its nuclear program. The Pakistan Foreign Office accused India of “misrepresentation of facts” and clarified that the ship transported a commercial lathe machine for a Karachi-based company supplying the automobile industry. Rejecting the seizure as “unjustified,” Pakistan called it a violation of international norms and emphasized that the transaction was conducted transparently through proper banking channels.

Indian officials had revealed that the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) examined the consignment, including a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine, confirming its potential use in Pakistan’s nuclear program. However, Pakistan’s statement argued that the equipment specifications indicated its purely commercial purpose.

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The seized CNC machines fall under the Wassenaar Arrangement, an international agreement controlling the spread of items for civilian and military use, with India as an active participant. Investigations by Indian authorities reportedly revealed discrepancies in shipping details, suggesting attempts to conceal the true recipients. Further investigations are ongoing.

In response, Pakistan condemned India’s actions as “high-handedness” and highlighted the dangers of arbitrary assumption of policing roles by states. The statement accused certain states of violating international norms and acting arbitrarily against international law.

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