`Pakistan wants fair, unbiased consideration of NSG application’

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ISLAMABAD, June 22 (APP): Director Strategic Plans Division (SPD) Zahir Kazmi has said that Pakistan desires a fair and unbiased
consideration of its application for the membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) along side that of India.

“Pakistan wants simultaneous entry into the Group with other non-NPT states that aspire to participate in the Group. This would require a fair and simultaneous consideration of the two membership applications
submitted by the non-NPT states,” Kazmi said.

He was speaking at a round-table discussion organized by Center
for International Strategic Studies (CISS) on the NSG annual meeting in Seoul, which would take up the membership cases on June 23 and 24, said a press release here on Wednesday.

The round-table discussion was attended by representatives of think tanks, academics, and retired diplomats and military officials.

Kazmi cautioned against country specific exemption for India by the global nuclear trade cartel, which he observed was becoming “highly politicized” because of its track record of discriminatory attitude
towards NPT states.

The SPD Director pointed out that Pakistan fulfilled all criteria for NSG membership except for the NPT requirement, which India too did
not meet.

“Pakistan’s application stands on solid grounds of technical experience, capability and well-established commitment to nuclear safety and security. We have a complete programme for harnessing peaceful uses nuclear energy and have operated secure and safeguarded power plants for

42 years,” he said while talking about Pakistan’s credentials for NSG membership.

Kazmi underscored that a non-discriminatory approach towards NSG expansion would not only ensure strategic stability in South Asia, but
would also serve the cause of international non-proliferation efforts.

He hoped that the NSG members would not give an impression of
imposing “a technological and political apartheid” on Pakistan by
denying it access to high-end technologies. The world, he said,
instead should be seen as supporting sustainable development in Pakistan.

Former Permanent Representative at the United Nations in Geneva
Ambassador (retd) Zamir Akram, speaking on the occasion, said India was enjoying a free ride because of political and geo-strategic considerations of the United States and other Western countries.

The US, he said, had come up with `like-mindedness’ and `merit-based’ approach to help India overcome the criteria shortcoming.

He was of the view that India did not even meet the politically motivated merit of the new US approach, if applied honestly, because of its proliferation record for which it remained sanctioned and not fulfilling the obligations it committed while getting the 2008 NSG waiver.