'Weapons not being sold to underground organizations'

September 17, 2004

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KARACHI, Sept 16: Pakistan was not selling arms to underground organizations, declared Secretary Defence Production Air Marshal (rtd) Zahid Anis who also disclosed that an automated air defence system would become operational soon.

"We don't sell arms to underground organizations to just make a few million dollars more. It has never been our policy. We sell after certification of end user," he said at a news conference here on Thursday.

"Our defence exports are on government-to-government certification and documentation, and are done through Defence Production Division and Defence Export Promotion Organization," he added.

He said that after developing ballistic missile technology, Pakistan had also indigenously developed a complete automated air defence system which would be operational shortly.

Pointing out that Pakistan was still dependent on foreign technology, nevertheless the Air Weapons Complex and other organizations were engaged in R&D for integrating the system. "They have now developed a complete automated air defence system," he said.