Sen­ti­ments ris­ing against India join­ing NSG

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

AS In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi is on a lob­by­ing mis­sion to win sup­port for his coun­try’s am­bi­tious tar­get of join­ing the elite club of Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group (NSG), China is lead­ing the states that are op­posed to the move on the ba­sis of prin­ci­ples adding that de­ci­sion in this re­gard should be cri­te­ria based and not coun­try-spe­cific. Most of the hold-outs op­pose the idea of ad­mit­ting a non-NPT state in­clud­ing India and ar­gue that if it is to be ad­mit­ted, it should be un­der the cri­te­ria that ap­ply equally to all states rather than un­der a ‘tai­lor-made’ so­lu­tion for a US ally.

It is quite ev­i­dent that the ob­jec­tive of non-pro­lif­er­a­tion can­not be achieved by adopt­ing dou­ble stan­dards and that is why China, Turkey, New Zealand, Ire­land, South Africa and Austria are op­pos­ing Amer­i­can-led cam­paign to grant ad­mis­sion to India into NSG. As part of its strat­egy to bol­ster India’s ca­pa­bil­ity and pres­tige vis-à-vis China, the United States is go­ing out of the way to ac­com­mo­date India as mem­ber of the Group. Wash­ing­ton has not only as­sured its own sup­port to New Delhi in this re­gard but taken solid mea­sures in a bid to re­move road-blocks in this re­gard. Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry has not only ad­dressed a let­ter to all 48 mem­bers of the NSG re­quest­ing them not to op­pose In­dian re­quest for mem­ber­ship but is also vis­it­ing Bei­jing to con­vince China to drop its op­po­si­tion. By do­ing so, the United States has given a crude mes­sage that it has no re­spect for trans­parency and cri­te­ria based ap­proach to sen­si­tive is­sues and that it can go to any ex­tent to please its new-found ally India. It is be­cause of sim­i­lar rea­sons that Ad­vi­sor on For­eign Af­fairs Sar­taj Aziz, who is gen­er­ally per­ceived to be a cool-minded leader, has been forced to re­mark that US is a self­ish friend. US move runs con­trary to Pak­istan’s se­cu­rity in­ter­ests and is in sharp con­trast to the clear cut pol­icy of China which has urged the world com­mu­nity to re­spect Pak­istan’s sovereignty. Both Pak­istan and India have ap­plied for mem­ber­ship of the NSG and it is to be seen whether mem­bers stick to prin­ci­ples or suc­cumb to Amer­i­can pres­sure and per­sua­sion on June 20 when the is­sue of mem­ber­ship is to be taken up.

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