As United States applied full diplomatic push to include India in the elite nuclear group ahead of June 23-24 the crucial Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) meet in Seoul to debate on the issue,Pakistan’s former permanent representative at the United Nations in Geneva Zamir Akram stated Islamabad was only opposed to the ‘exclusive membership’ of India.
All 48 memebers of NSG will deliberate on membership for non-NPT states, including Pakistan and India.
Akram was speaking at a roundtable discussion organised by the Strategic Vision Institute (SVI). “Pakistan supports the evolution of criteria that can be applied across the board.”
While maintaining that Pakistan has also applied for the membership in the elite group, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s advisor on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz told that Pakistan had been “successful” at blocking India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)
Akram underscored the likely questions and implications if India alone was admitted into the NSG and reducing the prospects for Pakistan’s entry into the club. SVI President Dr Zafar Iqbal Cheema said that India’s alone entry into the NSG would put back Pakistani efforts for developing its infrastructure and industry by decades.
According to the Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, “China maintains that the NSG fully discuss the accession of non-NPT countries and make decisions based on consultation in a way acceptable to all”.
Aziz said that Pakistan had a strong case to gain Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership on merit and non-discriminatory basis. He also said that Pakistan was not being isolated and its foreign policy was being tuned.
“Pakistan’s foreign policy is geared for the protection of national interests and nuclear assets,” said Aziz who emphasised the fact that Pakistan would continue to follow the policy of non-interference in other countries’ affairs.