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Pakistan vows to cooperate against WMD proliferation

Published Jun 26, 2016 06:20pm


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UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has reaffirmed its support and cooperation with the international community to prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), reported Radio Pakistan.

"Pakistan will continue cooperating with efforts to promote fair and equitable solutions to disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation challenges," said Pakistan's Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi.

The representative added Pakistan has made remarkable progress towards the resolution’s implementation. She also outlined the legislative, regulatory, administrative and organizational steps taken in this regard.

“Pakistan always supported the globally agreed objectives of promoting nuclear non- proliferation and disarmament,” stated Lodhi.

While Pakistan possesses nuclear arms, the country is not known to possess chemical or biological weapons. Pakistan has signed the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) in 1972, which it ratified in 1974.

In 2004, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1540, which affirmed that the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their means of delivery constitutes a threat to international peace and security.

Pakistan has also submitted its membership application on May 19 for the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), a week after India, which applied on May 12.

The NSG was formed in 1974, in response to India’s first nuclear test, to prevent further proliferation.

The NSG is one of the main tools for controlling the exports and proliferation of materials that could potentially be used in making weapons of mass destruction. It also tacks the black market trade of nuclear technologies.

Pakistan fears that if India becomes a member, it would use the consensus clause to prevent Pakistan from ever joining the group. Pakistan also fears that joining the NSG would increase India’s access to nuclear technology, which could also enhance its weapons programme, even if indirectly.


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Zak Jun 26, 2016 06:29pm

While Pakistan possesses nuclear arms, the country is not known to possess chemical or biological weapons.

Why do we need to develop biological weapons when we have polio,dengue, brain eating virus infected people , we can use them instead.

Naveed Jun 26, 2016 07:30pm

Good work Pakistan team. It's good india's NSG application also woke you up.

Harmony-1© Jun 26, 2016 07:38pm

Making progress towards NSG membership!

SAEED MASOOD Jun 26, 2016 08:00pm

Work hard Pakistan and honestly...Let the jealous cry...Sky is the limit...Success will kiss your feet...Inshahallah

Desi Dimag Jun 26, 2016 08:54pm

So all eyes on Pakistan.

Sunil Jun 27, 2016 06:46am

I did not realise that Pakistan has strong presence and value on international stage. We are told otherwise.

Zak Jun 27, 2016 06:54am

Pakistan fears no one. Others fear pakistan.

Sid Jun 27, 2016 08:46am

@SAEED MASOOD ... We will see about that in a year. Remember your words.