ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday denied any plans to send weapons to Syrian rebels, amid reports that Saudi Arabia is holding talks with it about arming the insurgents.
A Saudi source said Sunday that Riyadh was seeking Pakistani anti-aircraft and anti-tank rockets for forces fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad.
Sartaj Aziz, the prime minister’s adviser on foreign affairs, told reporters Pakistan has not considered such a proposal.
“The reports about arms supply to Syria are totally baseless,” Aziz said.
Foreign ministry spokeswoman Tasneem Aslam said at a regular briefing that Pakistan did not supply arms to “entities”, meaning rebel groups.
“The policy guidelines for the sale of arms that we have are in line with the adherence to the purposes and principles of the UN charter,” she said.
“We also have what is known as end users’ certificate which ensures that our weapons are not resold or provided to a third country.”