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An unspecified number of Pakistani companies have been added to the list of 14 companies that have been blacklisted by the US for their alleged involvement in missile and nuclear activities, media reported.
The Bureau of Industry and Security of the US Department of Commerce (BIS) has added 37 businesses to its Business List (blacklist) for allegedly providing Russia’s military and/or defense industrial base, supporting China’s military development, and encouraging or engaging in human rights abuses people in Myanmar. and China, reports the Dawn.
The list includes a separate section titled, “Ballistic Missile and Insecure Nuclear Activities.”
The statement said “fourteen organizations based in China and Pakistan were added to the List of Companies for contributing to worrisome missile programs, including Pakistan’s missile program, and participating in unprotected nuclear activities.”
“We are anti-terrorists, we are against military violence in the issue of Russia and China’s military development, we are protecting and promoting human rights,” said US Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves in a statement released with the list, Dawn reported.
“The US will not allow peaceful trade to be disrupted in ways that undermine our values and weaken our security. That is exactly what we are saying today,” added Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security Alan F. Estevez.
Thursday’s listing includes three organizations in Russia, Belarus, and Taiwan that were added to the list because of their alleged involvement in Russia’s military establishment and/or defense industry.
18 companies based in China have been added to the list of acquiring and attempting to acquire materials of US origin to support China’s modern military efforts, as well as supplying or attempting to supply permitted business to Iran, Dawn reported.
Six companies based in China and Myanmar were added for human rights violations.
The statement says that Chinese agencies are involved in the collection and analysis of genetic information, which poses a serious risk of being involved in the recruitment and surveillance of the Chinese government, including the targeting, detention, and suppression of ethnic minorities in China and diversion. of such information in the Chinese military’s plans, Dawn reports.