Islamaabad : Peeved at the breakthrough in the operationalisation of the Indo-US nuclear deal, Pakistan on Tuesday said the political and economically expedient move would have a “detrimental” impact on deterrence stability in South Asia. Islamabad also said it reserved the right to safeguard its national security interests.
Hours after US President Barack Obama concluded his unprecedented second visit to India, Pakistan Prime Minister’s Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz opposed India’s bid for membership to the 48- member Nuclear Suppliers Group and a permanent seat in the UN Security Council. Pakistan is jittery as apart from clearing the obstacles for the implementation of the civil nuclear deal, President Obama reaffirmed the US position that India is ready for NSG membership. Reacting to this, Aziz said, “We have also noted the Joint Statement suggesting that India is ready for NSG membership and other export control regimes.
“Pakistan is opposed to yet another country-specific exemption from NSG rules to grant membership to India, as this would further compound the already fragile strategic stability environment in South Asia; it would further undermine the credibility of NSG and weaken the non-proliferation regime.”
Aziz further asserted that Pakistan remains opposed to policies of “selectivity and discrimination.” He reiterated that Pakistan would continue to maintain its constructive engagement with NSG and other export control regimes to build its case for membership.
Aziz also opposed India’s permanent UNSC membership bid, saying, “A country, in violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions on matters of international peace and security, such as the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, by no means qualifies for a special status in the Security Council.” During his India visit, President Obama had reaffirmed his support for a reformed UN Security Council with India as a permanent member. Aziz said Pakistan, along with a large majority of UN member states, favours a comprehensive reform of the 15-member Security Council to make the principal organ of the UN more representative, democratic, effective, transparent and accountable.