ISLAMABAD, 02 January 2021, (TON): A senior foreign ministry official criticised the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) for differently treating Pakistani and Indian applications for membership, while regretting that the multilateral export control regime is politicised.
A webinar hosted by Strategic Vision Institute (SVI), on “The politics of NSG: The current dimensions”, issued a media statement on Friday in which the director general of the foreign ministry’s Arms Control and Disarmament Division, Kamran Akhtar, said: “NSG very much epitomises the politics of non-proliferation at the global level.”
He accused the NSG of according “precedence to the interests of the nuclear supplier states”.
Pakistan is better qualified than India, even going by the formula proposed by Ambassador Rafael Grossi in 2016, as it does not have a mix of safeguarded and unsafeguarded facilities and has been more forthcoming in accepting legally binding commitments, said Mr Akhtar.
Speaking about India, he said: “If there was an argument that mainstreaming of India would benefit the non-proliferation regime, the Indian behaviour since joining Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) belies that argument.”
Mr Akhtar said there should not be two different standards for judging the membership applications from India and Pakistan. “Unfortunately, that’s what is happening now,” he lamented.
A former official of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Dr Tariq Rauf, identified major problems and deficiencies in the export control regimes. He said the regimes did not adapt to the changing international situations and there was a lack of universality and legitimacy in them, besides having inconsistent internal implementation.
A former permanent representative to the Conference on Disarmament and the UN in Geneva, Ambassador Zamir Akram, also noted that the working of NSG was driven by geopolitics.