Islamabad: Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Aisha Farooqui on Saturday stated that India’s claims with regard to a Pakistan-bound Chinese merchant vessel allegedly carrying military equipment were factually incorrect, a news source reported. She further stated that item in question was a “heat treatment furnace casing system” with “several industrial applications”.
“We have noted the reports about inspection and seizure by the Indian authorities of an item from a Pakistan-bound commercial vessel. In this regard, we have also been approached by the private company in Pakistan which had imported the item under question,” she told a press briefing.
The Chinese merchant vessel called ‘MV Da Cui Yun’ was detained by the Indian authorities in the first week of February at the Deendayal port – with New Delhi alleging that the cargo carried an autoclave (for use in the manufacture of missiles).
“It is not listed in any international export control list. Contrary to what is being claimed, the item was correctly declared in the relevant documentation and there was no attempt to hide or conceal any information,” the FO spokesperson said.
“Similar furnaces are being used in several industries in Pakistan and the world over,” she further stated.