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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

Pakistan receives CIA report with reservation

IRNA

Islamabad, Nov 16, IRNA - Pakistani officials have received a CIA 
review report on weapons proliferation trends with lot of 
reservations, saying some of the information contained in it is in the
public domain and relations with China do not violate any 
international convention, a report said on Sunday. 
Officials in a policy think tank of the Foreign Office said the 
allegations about nuclear cooperation between Pakistan and China "are 
without any substantive proof," daily Dawn reported. 
The CIA report, sent to the US Congress on Nov 10 and now 
available with Pakistani officials, reviews foreign countries` 
acquisitions of dual-use and other technology useful for the 
development of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and advanced 
conventional weapons (ACW). 
Addressing Pakistan-China relations, the CIA report focuses on 
nuclear and advanced conventional weapons proliferation between the 
two countries. 
Additionally, the report stated that several Western European 
countries remained willing to negotiate ACW sales to Libya, India, 
Pakistan, and other countries in order to preserve their domestic 
defence industries. 
The report, without any evidence, alleges continued contacts 
between Chinese entities and entities associated with Pakistan`s 
nuclear weapons programme. 
"Islamabad also continued to negotiate with Beijing to build up to
four frigates for Pakistan`s navy and to develop the FC-1 fighter 
aircraft." 
Officials in PAF and Pakistan Navy said that the report "has 
nothing new to say" as the deals were made public by the Pakistani 
defence establishment itself. 
"This is an old story and already we have announced several times 
the details of Pakistan`s naval contracts with China," Pakistan Navy`s
spokesperson Captain Shahid Nabeel said. 
PAF spokesperson Air Commodore Sarfraz said "there is no secret" 
that FC-1 aircraft "is being developed with Chinese cooperation." He 
said FC-1 "is named as JF 17 Thunder by Pakistan." 
Commenting on it, Institute of Strategic Studies` Director General
Shireen Mazari said the military cooperation between Pakistan and 
China "does not violate any international convention" unlike the 
US-India relations violating the Missile Technology Control Regime 
(MTCR). 
She said allegations about nuclear cooperation between Pakistan 
and China "are without any substantive proof." 
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