Pakistan ap­plies ....

Pakistan Observer - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL -

act in ac­cor­dance with NSG Guide­lines with re­gard to trans­fer of nu­clear ma­te­rial, equip­ment and re­lated tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing re­lated dual-use equip­ment, ma­te­ri­als, soft­ware and re­lated tech­nol­ogy.

Pakistan has stressed the need for NSG to adopt a non-dis­crim­i­na­tory cri­te­ria-based ap­proach for NSG mem­ber­ship of the coun­tries, which has never been party to the nu­clear NonPro­lif­er­a­tion Treaty (NPT).

Pakistan’s NSG mem­ber­ship will fur­ther NSG non-pro­lif­er­a­tion ob­jec­tives by the in­clu­sion of a state with nu­clear sup­ply ca­pa­bil­i­ties and its ad­her­ence to NSG Guide­lines and best prac­tices on sup­ply of con­trolled items, goods, ma­te­ri­als, tech­nolo­gies and ser­vices.

Tak­ing a prin­ci­pled po­si­tion that seeks to block In­dia’s quest for mem­ber­ship of the Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group, China has said NSG is linked to the NPT, in­di­cat­ing In­dia could be el­i­gi­ble for NSG mem­ber­ship only if it signed the NPT. Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists in Delhi, a se­nior Chi­nese diplo­mat de­nied it was a “bi­lat­eral is­sue”.

“As a mem­ber of UN se­cu­rity coun­cil, we are the watch­dog of the world, we must en­sure the rules. And we must also think about others, not just In­dia who want an ex­cep­tion to the rules,” he said.

The US, he said, is ask­ing for an ex­cep­tion for In­dia. “China would never block In­dia’s en­try into any world body but what about the ef­fi­ciency of the regime?”

“China,” he said, “joined the NPT in 1992. The treaty has some prob­lems and In­di­ans be­lieve there are dou­ble stan­dards. But it only rec­og­nizes nu­clear weapons states as those that tested weapons be­fore 1967. China did not make this rule, western pow­ers did. We just have to main­tain the rules.”—APP/Agen­cies

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