The UK’s ministry of defence signed the pact with Pakistan Ordinance Factories recently, following which an ammunition consignment of 162 containers, including artillery rockets, was shipped from the Karachi Port to Ukraine via Germany in February, ET has reliably learnt.
The consignment went via vessel ‘MV Juist‘ from Karachi Port, to be transferred via German Port of Emden. ET had first reported how Pakistan last year played a critical role in transfer of arms on behalf of the UK to Ukraine.
ET had then reported that the Nur Khan Air Base in Rawalpindi was part of the air bridge allegedly used by the UK for military aircraft flights to Avram Iancu Cluj International Airport in Romania via a British air base in the Mediterranean to transfer arms to Ukraine.
The air bridge had avoided Iran and Afghanistan airspace and allegedly used the West Asian air space to transfer arms between August 6 and 15. A Globemaster plane was used to transfer the arms. A British Air Force C-17A Globemaster III (call sign: ZZ173) is also said to have been used for daily sorties between the aforementioned period using the Pakistan air bridge, ET had reported. Artillery ammunition for the Ukrainian army may have been ferried via this air bridge.
Close ties between the UK and Pakistan, particularly in the defence sector, have been a constant irritant in India‘s relations with London.
Recently, a Polish entity signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Pakistani company for the supply of defence equipment to Kyiv. Some other Pakistani and Polish companies are also involved in transfer of the equipment, while a Canadian firm is acting as an intermediary.