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Pakistan makes U-turn, says may sell small arms to Saudi Arabia

Pakistan may sell small arms to Saudi Arabia.
Pakistan may sell small arms to Saudi Arabia.

Pakistan has said it is trying to sell small arms to its close ally Saudi Arabia.

Islamabad, April 2/Nationalturk – After continuously rejecting reports that country won’t provide arms to rebels in Syria, Pakistan government has said it is trying to sell small arms to its close ally Saudi Arabia.

“Pakistan was making efforts to sell small arms and fighter aircraft to its key Gulf ally Saudi Arabia,”  Sartaj Aziz, adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security, told BBC Urdu service.

He said it was strange that objections were being raised about selling of weapons to Saudi Arabia. “There was no difficulty for Saudi Arabia to purchase weapons from any other country. There was no need for creating any doubts on the issue,” he said.

Saudi Arabia is key arms supplier to rebels in Syria.

‘Pakistan following neutral policy on Syria’

Aziz was, however, quick to add that Pakistan was following a neutral policy on Syria in line with UN resolutions.  “We shall continue the policy of non-interference”.

“There was no specific agreement about Syria in the present circumstances,” he said when asked if Pakistan was sending arms to rebels in Syria.

There have been media reports that Saudi Arabia intends to purchase small arms and anti-aircraft guns from Pakistan for its delivery to rebels in Syria, who are fighting regime forces to topple President Assad.

In past, Pakistan has denied of sending arms and ammunition to Syrian rebels.

Saudi Arabia had helped Pakistan after US imposed economic sanctions on the country following nuclear tests in 1998. The country also recently provided a sum of Rs 1.5 billion dollars to country as a gift.

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  1. I dont know when will we learn. We Pakistanis love to poke our nose in everyone’s business, rather then focusing our energies to solve our own problems. Its about time for us to stop worrying about world problems

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