Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry admitted late on Saturday that his country was in constant touch with their “all time friend” China regarding India’s bid for NSG membership even while the plenary was on.
Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry.
Effusively praising China’s “principled” stance at Seoul, Chaudhry told state-owned Pakistan Television (PTV) that granting India membership would have set “a bad precedent” because the country is not a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
“We remained in touch with them in Seoul (during the NSG session) and we are happy that the truth has won,” he said.
In fact, Pakistan’s application to the NSG a week after New Delhi’s May 12 application complicated the situation for India. China, a long-time ally of Pakistan and an Asian rival of India’s, played the Pakistan card at the plenary with the NPT legality.
The Hotel Shilla in Seoul, South Korea, where the NSG plenary was held. lhw.com
“When in 2008 they (India) got a waiver, they increased their nuclear stockpile. It was clear that they are using their own fissile material for military purposes and were taking the material from other countries for civil purposes…the world appreciated this point,” he claimed.
A Pakistan national flag and a Chinese national flag affluter at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. REUTERS/David Gray/Files
Though Pakistan will relentlessly pursue its efforts to scuttle India’s bid each time, the NSG has reportedly appointed Argentine Ambassador Rafael Grossi as the “Facilitator of the Chairperson to having informal consultations with the Participating Governments (PGs) in the group”.
This means that most countries in the NSG are keen to see India in the club and are focusing on a formula that can get New Delhi on board.
Argentine Ambassador Rafael Grossi will be holding informal consultations regarding India with NSG member countries.
India failed to get past the NSG door because of China and countries like Switzerland, which reneged on their promise of supporting India’s bid.
Among those who opposed India were Brazil, Austria, New Zealand, Ireland and Turkey. Of the 48-member group, 38 supported India.