US slaps sanctions on 7 Pakistani entities

Q.  US has slapped sanctions on how many Pakistani entities associated with the country's missile programme?
- Published on 02 Jan 17

a. 6
b. 7
c. 8
d. 9

ANSWER: 7
 
US slaps sanctions on 7 Pakistani entitiesThe United States has slapped sanctions on 7 Pakistani entities associated with the missile programme of the country.

An official notification by the US Department of Commerce said the entities added to the EAR or Export Administration Regulations list.

It has been determined by the US government to be acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.

All the 7 have been placed on the entity list under the destination of Pakistan.

These 7 entities have been identified as:

i. Ahad International

ii. Air Weapons Complex

iii. Engineering Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

iv. Maritime Technology Complex National Engineering and Scientific Commission,

v. New Auto Engineering

vi. Universal Tooling Services

Pakistan is denying wrongdoing in connection with the nuclear or missile programme.

US government held that there was reasonable cause to believe on specific and articulable facts that government, parastatal and private entities in Pakistan are determined to be involved in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy of the US.

The conduct of these 7 entities raised concerns regarding the prior review of the exports, re-exports or transfers of item subject to the EAR involving these persons.

A possible imposition of license conditions or license denials on shipments to persons will enhance the ability of the department to prevent EAR violations.

The placement on the list imposes a license requirement for all items subject to the EAR and license review policy of the presumption of denial.

The license requirements apply to any transaction in which items are to be exported, re-exported, or transferred to any of the entities or in which such entities act as purchaser, intermediate consignee, ultimate consignee or end user.

No license exceptions are available for exports, re-exports or transfers to persons being added to the entity list in this rule.

Restrictions will apply to acronyms used by entities to help exporters, re-exporters and transferors.

Notification does not specify the violations committed by these entities and does not provide details of items exported, imported or re-exported by them.

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