NSG mem­ber­ship: So­cio-eco­nomic, tech im­per­a­tive for Pak­istan: SVI

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IS­LAM­ABAD—Strate­gic Vi­sion In­sti­tute (SVI) on Tues­day noted that the mem­ber­ship of Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group (NSG) was a so­cio-eco­nomic and tech­no­log­i­cal im­per­a­tive for Pak­istan and the gov­ern­ment needed to de­velop a long term strat­egy for ac­cess to civil­ian nu­clear en­ergy tech­nol­ogy and en­try into ex­port con­trol regimes.

SVI, a think tank spe­cial­iz­ing in nu­clear is­sues, made th­ese rec­om­men­da­tions af­ter a round ta­ble dis­cus­sion on the Im­pli­ca­tions of NSG Ple­nary Ses­sion be­ing held on June 23-24 2016 in Seoul for Pak­istan. The of­fi­cials’ level meet­ing of the NSG ses­sion has al­ready be­gun. The meet­ing is ex­pected to con­sider the is­sue of ad­mis­sion of non-NPT states into the 48 mem­ber car­tel that reg­u­lates the in­ter­na­tional nu­clear trade.

The think tank fur­ther noted that NSG mem­ber­ship was not just a mat­ter of pres­tige for Pak­istan.

It cau­tioned that In­dia’s ad­mis­sion into NSG, with­out Pak­istan get­ting the same, would af­fect the re­gion’s strate­gic sta­bil­ity, re­new arms race, and en­able In­dia to af­fect the ‘le­git­i­mate’ civil­ian nu­clear en­ergy co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Pak­istan and China.

SVI fur­ther feared that In­dia’s en­try into the club would make it more ar­ro­gant and ag­gres­sive in its deal­ings with the neigh­bours.

The think tank warned that an­tiAmer­i­can­ism in Pak­istan could rise if the US man­aged mem­ber­ship for In­dia through co­er­cive diplo­macy.

For­mer Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the United Na­tions in Geneva Amb Zamir Akram, who is also an ex­pert on nu­clear is­sues, while chair­ing the ses­sion said that Pak­istan is op­posed to “ex­clu­sive In­dian mem­ber­ship” of NSG. Pak­istan, he noted, was in­stead in favour of de­vel­op­ing cri­te­ria that could be uni­formly and trans­par­ently ap­plied to all coun­tries as­pir­ing to be­come NSG mem­bers.

Amb Akram ob­served that an “un­bri­dled In­dia in NSG” would in­crease its nu­clear arse­nal at a greater pace and mag­ni­tude than it did af­ter the 2008 waiver. Hence, he said, se­cu­rity con­cerns would grow for Pak­istan.

Pres­i­dent SVI Dr Za­far Iqbal Cheema said that In­dia’s alone en­try into NSG would put back Pak­istani ef­forts for de­vel­op­ing its in­fra­struc­ture and in­dus­try by decades. There­fore, he main­tained, such an even­tu­al­ity would have se­ri­ous con­se­quences for na­tional se­cu­rity and eco­nomic and in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment.

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