NEW YORK: Five Pakistani companies have been added in Entity List of United States of America (USA) while one previously annexed Pakistani company is delisted. Companies added in this lists are blocked from receiving US exports.

Overall 22 companies spreading in more than a dozen countries including these five Pakistanis are added in this list by the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS).

According to federal registry of USA, the Entity List identifies entities for which there is reasonable cause to believe, based on specific and articulable facts, that the entities have been involved, are involved, or pose a significant risk of being or becoming involved in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.

The End-User Review Committee (ERC), composed of representatives of the Departments of Commerce (Chair), State, Defense, Energy and where appropriate, the Treasury, makes all decisions regarding additions to, removals from, or other modifications to the Entity List. The ERC makes all decisions to add an entry to the Entity List by majority vote and all decisions to remove or modify an entry by unanimous vote, it mentioned.

The ERC determined to add Engineering Equipment (Private) Limited, Fabcon International, Muhandis Corporation, Paktech Engineers, and Rohtas Enterprise to the Entity List under the destination of Pakistan.

The ERC determined these five entities have been involved in supporting unsafeguarded nuclear activities.

The ERC also determined to add Techlink Communications and Techlinks, which were previously erroneously identified as aliases for Technology Links Pvt. Ltd., to the Entity List in individual entries under the destination of Pakistan.

This final rule implements the decision of the ERC to modify one existing entry on the Entity List, under the destination of Pakistan. Specially, this rule implements the decision of the ERC to modify the existing entry for Mushko Electronics Pvt. Ltd., which was added to the Entity List under the destination of Pakistan on March 22, 2018. BIS is modifying the existing entry by changing the License Requirement from “All items subject to the EAR” to “Item on the Commerce Control List (CCL) only.”

Lastly, this final rule implements the decision of the ERC to remove from the Entity List the following entity: Technology Links Pvt. Ltd., an entity located in Pakistan. Technology Links Pvt. Ltd. was added to the Entity List on September 4, 2018. The ERC decided to remove this entity based upon the request for removal and the information BIS received from the entity as part of their removal request, and the subsequent review that the ERC conducted in accordance with the stipulated procedures.