US visible tilt in favour of India

EVERSINCE the civil nuclear deal signed between the United States and India in 2005, there has been a continuous warmth and closeness in relations between the two countries. For whatever the motives, one could see favourable remarks and steps on almost daily basis from the American side backing Indians on different issues especially in its efforts to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
On Friday, Deputy Spokesperson of US State Department Mark Toner made this tilt more clear and visible when he blatantly declared that India is entitled to and qualifies for the membership of the NSG — a 48-nation club dedicated to curbing nuclear arms proliferation by controlling the export and retransfer of materials that could foster nuclear weapons development. While trying to prove Indian credentials for the NSG membership, the deputy spokesperson totally ignored the legitimate right of Pakistan in this regard. Since 2010, the US administration is actively supporting Indian bid to join the elite group and for this purpose is also carving out different exemptions. These developments have also set off alarm bells in Pakistan and that rightly so because ignoring the country which has comparatively better credentials and safeguards than India wants equal treatment on non discriminatory basis. However, if we look at recent history, we believe the US would continue its discriminatory policy and go an extra mile to help New Delhi become member of the NSG. This, nevertheless, would have dangerous repercussions and bound to trigger a nuclear arms race in the region. Apart from this discriminatory attitude, the deputy spokesperson of US State Department also repeated the old mantra of ‘Do More’ for Pakistan asking it to go after the terrorists especially Taliban in its territory. In fact, the killing of Mullah Mansour by the US in Balochistan has further complicated the matters. In this scenario, the foreign policy makers must revisit and review their approach in dealing with the United States, without straining our ties with Washington. We also need to strengthen our lobbying in the United States to present our point of view more effectively.

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