Pak hopes unbiased approach in membership as NSG meets today

20 Jun, 2016 11:12 am

SEOUL (92 News) – A meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) begins in Seoul on Monday (today).

During the weeklong deliberation, 48 nuclear supplier countries would take up the membership cases of Pakistan and India in its annual plenary meeting.

Pakistan formally submitted its membership application on May 19, this year while India applied a week earlier, the day it resumed nuclear weapons testing after 24 years in 1998.

China has already announced a categorical position on India’s bid for NSG membership, while New Zealand, Ireland, Turkey, South Africa, Australia and other countries also oppose India’s membership.

Pakistan has also made it clear to the member countries that by giving membership to Indian, the balance of power in the region will deteriorate and the dream of peace in the region will be shattered.

On the other hand, Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that Pakistan wants comprehensive dialogues with India on all issues and unbiased approach will be exercised on the issue of Nuclear Suppliers Group membership.

He said that the US had tried to impose restrictions on Pakistan’s nuclear program, adding that the drone strikes are the result of policies of previous governments.

The adviser said that indiscriminate action is being carried out against terrorist organizations, adding that Pakistan Army has destroyed the infrastructure of terrorists in North Waziristan.

Meanwhile, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that India is not against Pakistan’s membership in the NSG.

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