Pakistan’s foreign policy chief Sartaj Aziz has said that Pakistan is lobbying “effectively and pro-actively” with NSG members over India’s efforts to join the 48-member exclusive club.
Aziz told the Senate that Pakistan’s “efforts towards non-discriminatory approach will pay off“.
Pakistan has also asked Nuclear Suppliers Group member states to be “objective and non-discriminatory” while deciding on expanding the grouping’s membership.
Both India and Pakistan have applied for the NSG membership, which would allow both countries to join nuclear commerce.
Meanwhile, Pakistan foreign ministry’s UN Desk on June 8 held a briefing in Islamabad for diplomatic missions of NSG member-countries to put forward its arguments.
“The Additional Secretary highlighted the factors which placed Pakistan’s application for NSG membership on solid grounds, including Pakistan’s technical experience, capability and well-established commitment to non-proliferation and nuclear safety and security,” Pakistan’s foreign office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said in a statement.
Aslam cautioned against any country specific exemptions which would negatively impact strategic stability in South Asia.
It did not give exact number of envoys who attended the briefing but said that “a large number of ambassadors and other senior level representatives” were present.
India’s chances of getting into the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) have received a huge boost after the US, Switzerland and Mexico supported India’s bid to seek an entry into the group.
It is believed that Pakistan has support of China which has assured that it would not support India’s membership until Pakistan was also given the same treatment. Last month Pakistan formally applied for the NSG membership.