NSG takes up Pakistan, India membership today

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Islamabad—Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) – the cartel of 48 nuclear supplier countries – would take up the membership cases of Pakistan and India in its annual plenary meeting, commencing from Monday in Seoul.
During the week-long deliberations, the Group would take up the matter for according member status to both the nuclear nations -Pakistan and India, the sources privy to the subject revealed to APP here on Sunday. Pakistan had formally submitted its membership application on May 19, 2016 while India applied a week earlier, the day she had resumed nuclear weapons testing after twenty-four years in 1998.
The sources expressed the hope that the group will strictly adhere to the non-discriminatory and unbiased approach while considering grant of a ‘participating government’ status to Pakistan.
“Pakistan considers that the nature of threat that exists today, needs to be addressed collectively and therefore, sees itself as a like-minded partner in the global non-proliferation efforts being member of the nuke supplier band,” they said.
“As a responsible state, Pakistan is participating in and cooperating with the international community in efforts to prevent and control proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.” “NSG should follow an objective, equitable and non-discriminatory approach for admitting new members. Grant of exclusive NSG membership to only one non-NPT country would adversely affect progress in non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament measures at the multilateral forums, as well as regional peace, security and stability.”
Being party to the Non-proliferation Treaty is one of main factors considered for admitting new participating governments in the NSG. Like India and Pakistan, Israel and South Sudan are also not signatories of NPT. North Korea withdrew from NPT in 2006 before conducting its first nuclear test.
The sources maintained that Pakistan seeks a non-discriminatory and rule-based system for wider access to peaceful nuclear technologies, an imperative for its socio-economic and technological development. Blocking access to these regulatory arrangements for high-end dual use technologies would tantamount to capping Pakistan’s development and stunning the energy starved nation’s peaceful development.
Dispelling the impression of a delay in pursuit of the NSG membership case, they observed that Pakistan has remained proactively engaged with the Group since the advent of this millennium and there was no substance in such misperceptions.—APP

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