7 Pak firms listed by US for posing ‘risk’ to national security

Islamabad/Washington: The US government has added seven Pakistani firms to a list of foreign entities that pose a “significant risk” to its national security and interests by allegedly engaging in nuclear trade, denting Islamabad’s bid to join the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

A total of 23 entities were added to the list that was published in the US Federal Register last week by the country’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS). Besides the Pakistani firms, the list includes 15 entities from South Sudan and one from Singapore.

The list prepared by the US BIS has declared that all seven Pakistani firms are “reasonably believed to be involved, or to pose a significant risk of being or becoming involved, in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States”. PTI

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