Alert Sign Dear reader, online ads enable us to deliver the journalism you value. Please support us by taking a moment to turn off Adblock on Dawn.com.

Alert Sign Dear reader, please upgrade to the latest version of IE to have a better reading experience

.

Pakistan discusses nuclear issue with US lawmakers

Published Jun 17, 2016 06:53am

Email


Your Name:


Recipient Email:


WASHINGTON: As China warned on Thursday that India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) would threaten stability in the Asia-Pacific region, Pakistan reached out to US lawmakers to explain its position on the issue.

Both China and Pakistan oppose India’s entry into the NSG, arguing that admitting a country that has not yet signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty goes against the group’s objective.

Founded in response to the Indian nuclear test in May 1974, the 48-member NSG seeks to reduce proliferation by controlling the export and re-transfer of nuclear material.

Last week, Pakistan too submitted an application in Vienna for joining the NSG. The Pakistani move followed expedited efforts by the US and other world powers to induct India into the group,

The US is helping India to join the NSG in the 2016 plenary session of the group, scheduled to be held later this month but says that Pakistan’s request will be decided by a consensus.

Pakistan, however, is reaching out to US policymakers and legislators to explain its position on this issue.

Last week, Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani sent a letter to key US senators, explaining how Pakistan qualified to join the NSG.

On Wednesday, he met Senator Ed Markey at the Capitol Hill and discussed matters related to global nuclear non-proliferation.

He briefed Senator Markey on the steps Pakistan had taken “for its mainstreaming in the nuclear non-proliferation regime,” the Pakistan Embassy said.

The statement underlined the measures Pakistan had taken to harmonise its export controls with the NSG and adherence to the NSG guidelines with regard to transfer of nuclear material, equipment and related technology.

Ambassador Jilani told Senator Markey that Pakistan’s desire to participate in the NSG “stands on solid grounds of technical experience, capability and well-established commitment to nuclear safety”.

“They exchanged views on a non-discriminatory and equitable approach for membership of the NSG,” the embassy said. Pakistan says that instead of making an exemption for India, the NSG should allow other countries with proven nuclear programmes to join the group.

Ambassador Jilani also discussed “matters related to strategic stability in South Asia” with Senator Markey.

At a recent congressional hearing, Senator Markey had urged the Obama administration not to back India’s bid to join the NSG, as it would disturb stability in South Asia and further fuel a nuclear competition in the region.

Meanwhile, the official Chinese media warned on Thursday that India’s entry into the NSG would “shake” the strategic balance in South Asia, leaving behind China’s all-weather ally, Pakistan.

The state-run Global Times pointed out that India’s presence in the NSG would “cast a cloud over peace and stability” in the entire Asia-Pacific region.

“The major goal for India’s NSG ambition is to obtain an edge over Islamabad in nuclear capabilities,” the newspaper warned. “Once New Delhi gets the membership first, the nuclear balance between India and Pakistan will be broken.”

Published in Dawn, June 17th, 2016

Email


Your Name:


Recipient Email:




Comments (16) Closed



Fact check Jun 17, 2016 07:28am

If Pakistan argues that India cannot be admitted to NSG on the basis of a non-signatury to NPT, where is the logic in the argument that Pakistan is qualified.

Dervaish Khan Jun 17, 2016 07:29am

The purpose of establishing NSG was to prevent the access of unsafe hands to nuclear technology.

Desi Dimag Jun 17, 2016 07:49am

And the USA is thinking to denuclearise Pakistan.

Avtar Jun 17, 2016 07:51am

India applied for membership more than 10 years ago. Pakistan has just applied. Can it not wait its turn!

Dervaish Khan Jun 17, 2016 08:08am

The purpose of establishing NSG was to prevent the access of unsafe hands to nuclear technology. If US and NSG countries go with this descrimination and make only India a member of NSG, then Pakistan will have no moral obligations if it decides to approach the black market and offer its products there.

Dervaish Khan Jun 17, 2016 08:11am

If China do not stop this happening then it should stop calling Pakistan an 'all weather ally'.

Rohit Jun 17, 2016 08:16am

India will get into NSG try all you want....

Madhava, India. Jun 17, 2016 08:54am

India is for 'strategic balance in Asia'. India will achieve it any way which way, let the Chinese do whatever.

Rarun Jun 17, 2016 09:03am

Let me get this straight. Pakistan has applied for membership of the NSG. Pakistan has not signed the NPT. Pakistan objects to inclusion of India into the NSG because it has not signed the NPT . Is there any one in the driving seat here?

Kamran Jun 17, 2016 09:13am

How can pakistan oppose india's NSG bid when it has no say in the vote?

Zak Jun 17, 2016 09:16am

The major goal for India’s NSG ambition is to obtain an edge over Islamabad in nuclear capabilities,” the newspaper warned. “Once New Delhi gets the membership first, the nuclear balance between India and Pakistan will be broken.”

So pakcentric. No other life.

Rqvi Jun 17, 2016 09:25am

India's membership to NSG is based on trade and energy issue rather than Geopolitics. India's participation in NSG will give boost to nuclear commerce and make nuclear energy competitive across the world. Many developing countries are in negotiation with India to supply them chea nuclear technology for energy needs.

Rajesh Jun 17, 2016 09:26am

So what was their (US lawmakers) reaction?

hitesh Jun 17, 2016 10:04am

Wouldn't it be more beneficial to do something good for own country (rather than spending efforts in doing something "bad" for neighbours)?

Darshan Jun 17, 2016 10:57am

Not Pakistan but its China, the threat to India... So, India wants it to gain, to counter China's aggression

Sai Jun 17, 2016 05:16pm

When China became part of NSG, India did not protest saying that it would tilt the strategic balance in South Asia. India worked it's way to a position of being a responsible nuclear state before putting forward it's application.