NSG’s discriminatory approach to affect strategic balance: Spokesman FO

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ISLAMABAD, Jun 2 (APP): Sustainable civil nuclear energy was essential for Pakistan’s future energy security and economic development and a non-discriminatory approach by Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) was imperative to ensure strategic balance in the region.

“Any country’s specific exception will not be beneficial for
non-proliferation regime which will affect strategic stability of
South Asia and credibility of NSG itself,” Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria in a weekly press briefing said here Thursday.

The Spokesman said Pakistan’s application for membership of NSG stood on solid grounds of technical experience, capability and well-established commitment to nuclear safety.

He said on NSG membership, Pakistan had a principle support of adoption of non-discriminatory, equitable and criteria-based approach, which was also supported by a large number of NSG participating governments.

He mentioned that Pakistan had operated secured and safeguarded nuclear power plants for a period of over 42 years.

He said Pakistan’s membership of NSG was in the interest of
nuclear training countries as it would further promote NSG non- proliferation objective by the equation of the state by the nuclear supplier’s capabilities and its adherence to NSG guidelines.

About an agreement signed between Japan and India on building six nuclear power plants in Andhra Pradesh, the Spokesman said Pakistan’s position was clear that it should not be any discriminatory treatment to a country which was not even party to the NPT.

“This will further add to the reasons behind disturbing the
strategic stability in the region,” he said.

About prospects of Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG)
following the death of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhter Mansour, the Spokesman said Pakistan had been making consistent efforts for peace in Afghanistan as it was in the interest of two countries.

He confirmed that QCG was still functional and said Pakistan
believed that politically viable solution was important for Afghan peace and stressed to avoid use of military force.

“All parties should refrain from violence, since violence
begets violence,” he said.

On FIR lodged against the drone strike by the family of the slained driver along with Mullah Mansour, he said it was their right to file grievance and judiciary is independent to take up the matter according to legal course.

Zakaria clarified that the deadline for Afghan refugees was
June 30, 2016. However, a request from Afghanistan’s concerned ministry has been received in this regard, which is under consideration by the concerened department, the Spokesman mentioned.

About Indian Prime Minister Modi’s statement that ‘India was ready for peace talks provided Pakistan stops supporting terrorists’, the Spokesman said terrorism had affected Pakistan more than any other country of the world.

He said the phenomenon of terrorism had resulted in loss of
60,000 lives of Pakistanis desides huge impact on the country’s economy.

To a question about issues discussed during telephonic
call between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said “It was all about exchanging wishes before the former’s heart surgery.”

Talking about the health of Prime Minister, he said that the Prime Minister after his surgery was recovering and expressed gratitude to the several countries sending him good wishes for his health.

About any sleeper cell still active after the arrest of Indian
spy Kulbhushan Yadav, the Spokesman said his apprehension vindicated Pakistan’s stance of Indian involvement, adding that world community was being apprised on it.

On China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the Spokesman said the project was of great economic significance for not only Pakistan and China, but for the entire region.

He said CPEC was a flagship project which had six more
programmes under the concept of ‘One Belt One Road’.