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Pakistan wants India to bring its entire civilian nuclear programme under the safeguards laid out by the International Atomic Energy Commission (IAEA), a press release quoting Director General Disarmament at the Foreign Office Kamran Akhtar said.

Akhtar was speaking at a round-table discussion in Islamabad on Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty (FMCT), organised to prepare for the upcoming Conference on Disarmament (CD). Experienced FMCT experts also participated in the meeting.

"It is incumbent on us to stand up for our own interest. We want an assurance that India's whole three stage nuclear power programme would be under safeguards," Akhtar said, Pakistan will not agree to FMCT until it gets the assurance from India.

He said negotiating a treaty that only bans future production of fissile material without taking into account the existing stockpiles would freeze "the existing asymmetries".

The DG Disarmament was of the opinion that India has been given "discriminatory waivers", which add to Pakistan's security concerns.

He said that eight of the Indian reactors, its fast breeder programme and approximately five tonnes of reactor-grade plutonium were included in the safeguards of dictated by the IAEA.

The FMCT would put Pakistan at a permanent disadvantage and undermine its security interests, Akhtar added.

There is a fear that the reactors not mandated by the safeguards might be used clandestinely for plutonium production and the existing stockpiles might be diverted to a military programme at a subsequent stage, the DG said.

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He further said, "Pakistan should not be asked to agree to something that is not in its strategic interest."

"We have to factor into consideration possible actions by India that could undermine credibility of our nuclear deterrence," he added.

Dr Mansoor Ahmed, a post doctoral fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs, said that Pakistan was not engaged in a "classic cold war-type arms race" but that it is striving to maintain the credibility of its deterrent.

"It's striving for balance, not parity with India," Ahmed argued and said that India was pursuing the fastest growing fissile material expansion and conventional and strategic force modernization outside the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) states, besides moving in the direction of a first strike option coupled with a review of their No-First Use policy.

The expert further said that India's development of ballistic missile defence and other emerging conventional and nuclear counterforce capabilities were straining Pakistan's deterrence, compelling it to take appropriate countermeasures.

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pk Feb 06, 2017 09:22pm

You worry about your material, we will worry about our material

Human Feb 06, 2017 09:35pm

Very valid. No more double speak. Everyone remembers Bhopal.

RR_Bangalore Feb 06, 2017 09:37pm

Civilian Nuclear program is non of your bussiness Mr. Akhtar

Justice Feb 06, 2017 09:41pm

No we won't, what else ?

GAUR Feb 06, 2017 09:41pm

As if India will listen.

Aftab Feb 06, 2017 09:39pm

Can we apply the same to our shenanigans?

Sohan Feb 06, 2017 09:40pm

The waiver boat has sailed away long ago.

aslam shaikh1 Feb 06, 2017 09:40pm

Very serious concern. IAEA should address these concerns and come up with a comprehensive agreement.

Sohan Feb 06, 2017 09:48pm

Of course, India will oblige...

Rahim proud indian kashmiri Feb 06, 2017 09:49pm

Forever with Indias stance on nuclear policy.

Harmony-1© Feb 06, 2017 09:47pm

@PK - We worry about ours anyway, but let us worry about yours too :)

kamal Feb 06, 2017 09:46pm

India will ask china to do the same and China will ask US to do the same...and nobody will do anything.

Hope Feb 06, 2017 09:46pm

You can want anything including moon, nobody is stopping you but you will get only thing for which you work hard. Nothing more nothing less.

Pk Feb 06, 2017 09:53pm

If Pakistan voluntarily jumped into competition with a country 7 times larger in land mass and 9 times larger in economy then the problem is not ours.

Balaji Feb 06, 2017 09:51pm

Nope. Not gonna happen.

Harshad Patel Feb 06, 2017 09:51pm

Your wish is our command. From IAEA

Fast Feb 06, 2017 09:51pm

An excellent idea. Must be fulfilled by UNO.

Dr. Salaria, aamir Ahmad Feb 06, 2017 09:53pm

India wants to be a so-called super-power in South Asia but is unable to provide basic amenities like food, shelter, clothing, utilities, infra-structural development to more than 80 percent of its own hapless and helpless people. What a silly joke?

Harsh Feb 06, 2017 10:01pm

$220 billion economy dictating $2.5 trillion economy seems illogical.

just_someone Feb 06, 2017 10:10pm

Well said. Discriminatory tactics can never be used in international agreements

aga khan Feb 06, 2017 10:11pm

Agree with Pakistan's position on this aspect.

Thisiscrazy Feb 06, 2017 10:18pm

it is funny that Pakistani BABU's and politicians are lions inside Pakistan and end up being completely ineffective presenting their case outside the country @ international forums

Chanakya Feb 07, 2017 12:04am

Ok, India wants a separate planet, LOLz.

Pukubanger Feb 07, 2017 12:15am

Please keep dreaming.

Well Meaning Feb 07, 2017 12:56am

why is everybody worried about poliferation. let the mightiest survive

Faiza Feb 07, 2017 01:38am

This is actually good point. India should respect international agreements for the sake of its people.

Asif Feb 07, 2017 01:51am

Pakistan want lot of things from India not just safeguard stuff. The point is whether India listens to any of these wants.

Holyday Feb 07, 2017 02:30am

What else ??

a true pakistani Feb 07, 2017 04:12am

This is strong state, standing up for our national interests.

a true pakistani Feb 07, 2017 04:17am

@pk That's the problem, no one knows where your material is. If you wish to play a big role in the world, then you need to be open and honest. Someone has to raise this point. So stop crying and grow up.

karar Feb 07, 2017 04:25am

sometimes GOP make such funny statements that it actually laughable.

Vijay Feb 07, 2017 04:41am

I also want to have dinner with Trump in the White House - ain't happening.

Guest Feb 07, 2017 04:40am

Like Pakistan have a say in this matter, just an other statement for local consumption.

SamIt Feb 07, 2017 04:49am

Pakistan has to realise that India is a country with 6x more people and 10x bigger economy so please stop comparing against India and start comparing against countries of similar size

Mike London Feb 07, 2017 04:56am

It is not what you want, it is what we need for our security.

naveen Feb 07, 2017 05:06am

wishful thinking, is anyone listening !

Factchecker Feb 07, 2017 06:53am

So, when is IAEA going to act upon Pakistan's order?

Nadeem Feb 07, 2017 07:00am

@pk Is there a need for both of us to ratify the FMCT then?

Aditya sharma Feb 07, 2017 07:00am

Get out of the India centered phobia,

Raja Feb 07, 2017 07:55am

@Harmony-1© Not required...

Ramesh Feb 07, 2017 08:04am

Ok, done.. Next demand ?

Zak Feb 07, 2017 08:26am

@Harsh a country with $60 bn debt giving sound advice to a country with $550 bn debt.

Jaywa Feb 07, 2017 08:39am

Ok...anything to say about China.

SUV Feb 07, 2017 08:41am

Pakistan should compete with Bangladesh etc which is comparable economy and stop dreaming about India

SDA Feb 07, 2017 08:58am

@Balaji Don't be so sure.

SDA Feb 07, 2017 09:02am

@SamIt All India does is to increase its population and export it to the rest of the world and let them bear its weight. Good job! lol

Sudhakar USA Feb 07, 2017 09:13am

@Harmony-1© : Too much worrying gives you piles.

Bulleya Feb 07, 2017 09:20am


If you know basic math, you will realize that using your own data, Pakistan debt% is much higher than India debt %.

saif Feb 07, 2017 09:36am

Pakistan has to realise that India is a country with 6x more people and 10x bigger economy so please stop comparing against India and start comparing against countries of similar size

Abdul karim Feb 07, 2017 09:39am

MOST educated Pakistanis (and Indians) WANT to migrate to USA! It is not going to happen. WANTS are one thing. Achievable OUTCOMES are another !

SID Feb 07, 2017 09:56am

@Zak No a $220 billion economy is giving advise to $ 2.2 trillion economy .

SID Feb 07, 2017 09:56am

@Faiza Which international agreement you are talking about ?

SID Feb 07, 2017 10:00am

CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME. First start practicing it in your own home, then start preaching others.

Harsh Feb 07, 2017 10:53am

@Zak Don't only consider the debt. Consider the economic size as well.

P BLR Feb 07, 2017 11:23am

@Dr. Salaria, aamir Ahmad Request you to do proper research on facts and figures before commenting.

South Asia Feb 07, 2017 11:31am

@Zak A person with Rs 100000 income having Rs 10000 in debts is ok...A person with Rs 10000 income having Rs 8000 in debt is not ok...that is the difference between Indian debt and Pakistani Debts.

Tony Singh Feb 07, 2017 01:08pm

@Zak $60 billion debt with $360billion foreign reserves. Now compare $

PM Feb 07, 2017 02:50pm

@Zak Check the % of debt to GDP. Even with the very high debt amount, the % is much lower than of Pakistan. A country with very high GDP can have high debt amount.

Muhammad Feb 07, 2017 03:35pm

@Harsh With $220 billion economy we have to feed only 180 million people whereas you have to feed 1.252 billion people with $2.5 trillion.... can you ?

mak Feb 07, 2017 04:12pm

@Muhammad well 2.5 trillion for 1.25 b people and 220 billion for 180 million , which country has more per person, please do that maths!

Indian Sher Feb 07, 2017 04:20pm

@Muhammad So what..Our per capita GDP is still better than yours despite having such a huge population base.India is fastest growing emerging economy in the world. Whole world has acknowledged India's growth story and is lining up to do trade with us..List is endless. .Hope you got the point.

Harmony-1© Feb 07, 2017 04:28pm

@Sudhakar USA - "Too much worrying gives you piles."

Is that out of your own 'book of medicine'?

Lighten up, no need to go overboard and get touchy over it!

Harmony-1© Feb 07, 2017 04:48pm

@SID - " a $220 billion economy is giving advise to $ 2.2 trillion economy"!

So, if an eminent economist was sitting in Bhutan and the world listens to him but due to your hubris, you will dismiss and belittle him?

Rabia Feb 08, 2017 08:32am

This is an important aspect as India is paving the way for import of fuel for its nuclear reactors, India must complete the process of placing its civilian reactors under International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards.There exist a mismatch between their stated nuclear status and the deals they are acquiring for nuclear activities.

Parisa Feb 08, 2017 09:27am

The objective to make this world free of nuclear weapons can only be achieved if the tools for nuclear arms control & disarmament are implemented universally on the basis of non-discrimination and verified effectively. Pakistan, as a responsible nuclear weapon state, has always played its part to achieve the objectives of a peaceful world. Pakistan’s national security concerns emanating from the organised hypocrisy of the international non-proliferation regime coupled with expanding Indian conventional and nuclear capabilities, it would be difficult for Pakistan sign the FMCT in its current form.

Gulab Feb 08, 2017 04:06pm

@Rahim proud indian kashmiri: You are a Great Soul, no wonder you and your name are so valuable.

vijay1 Feb 08, 2017 10:43pm

@Zak then your so called friend China has 1118 bn debt... CA pakistan give advice to China too. Grow up.. Don't waste our time of illogical arguments

sultana Feb 09, 2017 01:20am

"Pakistan wants India's entire nuclear programme under IAEA safeguards" And it also wants codes for all US nuclear weapons. Sure sir, we will do both very soon.

Yash Feb 09, 2017 04:37am

@Muhammad . We are doing it brother. You have not seen today's India.