NYT shows mirror to India
OVER the last few years, the US administration is lobbying hard and also carving out exemptions to ensure inclusion of India in the Nuclear Suppliers Group- the club of forty eight nations dedicated to curbing nuclear arms proliferation by controlling the export and retransfer of materials. However, there are visible concerns within the US itself over Obama’s extraordinary efforts towards this end.
A few weeks back, a key US Senator, Ed Markey, had warned that enabling India to join the NSG would cause a never ending nuclear race in South Asia and termed Obama Administration’s policy in this regard as dangerous and unnecessary. Now one of the country’s famous daily paper, The New York Times, in its latest editorial, has challenged the very credentials of India for the NSG membership terming it as unmerited. The paper is right in its assertion as other members of the group are signatory to Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty but India on the other hand has refused to do so, which means it has not accepted legally binding commitments to pursue disarmament negotiations, halt the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons and not test nuclear weapons. Whilst if one looks at the credentials of Pakistan, though the country has also not signed the NPT for certain reasons, it is fully implementing the IAEA’s safeguards for the civil nuclear programme much to the satisfaction of nuclear watchdog. Pakistan has been operating nuclear power plants under the IAEA safeguards for over 40 years now while India is yet to accept the comprehensive IAEA’s safeguards. It still has not fully separated its civilian and military nuclear programmes. While it has placed a number of civilian facilities under IAEA safeguards, there are other, dual purposes, facilities serving both the civilian and military programmes. Having said so, as both Pakistan and India have applied for the NSG, we believe the decision should be on the basis of principles and non discrimination. If the NSG countries make an exception for India, they should do the same for Pakistan which has unblemished record. Mwas
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