Pakistan has strong credentials to join NSG: Speakers

June 15, 2017 INTERNATIONAL 207 Views

Speakers of an international seminar held here on Tuesday unanimously presented Pakistan’s strong credentials to urge the international community to support the country’s NSG membership case.
The daylong seminar on “NSG Membership of Non-NPT States: Opportunities and Challenges” organised by the Anquan Group, UK, East West Stability Studies (EWSS/Denmark) and Pakistan House aimed at generating a debate over the fact that awarding NSG membership to both Pakistan and India will positively impact peace and stability in South Asia.
The dignitaries of the seminar included Ambassador (Retd) Zamir Akram, Khalid Banuri, former DG Arms Control and Disarmament Affairs (ACDA), James Browning, Founder and Director – Anquan group Ltd, Dr Zafar Iqbal Cheema President/Executive Director (SVI), and Khalil-ur-Rehman Hashmi Director General (Disarmnt-P).
Evaluating the case of NSG membership for Pakistan and India, Ambassador (Retd) Zamir Akram stated that Pakistan’s policies vis-a-vis the non-proliferation regime will be influenced by the India’s case for Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership for obvious security reasons.
The tenacious efforts of the United States to conduct nuclear trade with India and make it a member of the NSG will reduce Pakistan’s space in the non-proliferation regime and it is highly probable that the doors for Pakistan’s nuclear mainstreaming will close permanently if India alone becomes a member of the non-proliferation regime before Pakistan.
However, there is also a case for viewing Pakistan as a prospective member of the NSG on its own merit if the international criteria is developed multilaterally, with due consideration of the strategic interests of all parties and the goal of balancing them with the possibility of strengthening the non-proliferation regime.
It is ironic that India applied for the membership of NSG, which was formed because of India’s nuclear proliferation. Khalid Banuri gave a brief overview of NSG membership debate. He stressed that NSG’s politicisation harms its purpose and effectiveness.
He stated that the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is a group of nuclear supplier countries that seeks to contribute to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons through the implementation of two sets of guidelines for nuclear exports and nuclear-related exports.
He further added that from 20th -24th June 2017, the 26th NSG Plenary session was held in Seoul, Republic of Korea. A public statement was released during the meeting where a deadlock occurred over Indian NSG bid.
He stressed that Pakistan has the requisite credentials that entitle it to become member of all multi-lateral strategic export control regimes, including the NSG. Moreover, Pakistan has the expertise, manpower, infrastructure, as well as the ability to supply NSG controlled items, goods and services for a full range of nuclear applications for peaceful uses.
He suggested that creating a country-specific exception for NSG membership would adversely impact international non-proliferation efforts besides accentuating volatility in South Asia and fuelling an arms race.

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