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.
The plenary, which concluded on June 24 in Seoul, ended without a discussion on India’s membership because of China putting its foot down insisting on “procedure”.
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).
Chaudhry also revealed that Pakistan was in touch with every country that opposed India’s bid.
“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.
Since both India and Pakistan are non-NPT countries, China argued that granting membership to one will create an imbalance in South Asia.
Chaudhry said that Pakistan too raised this issue. He added that Islamabad also pointed at India’s nuclear stockpile.
“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.
Despite being a country the world knows as the epicentre of global terrorism and the home of infamous A.Q. Khan, Chaudhry claimed that Pakistan’s work on nuclear security is successful.
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.
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.