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US support for India’s NSG membership undermining strategic stability in South Asia: Mazari

ISLAMABAD: Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen Mazari on Monday said that Pakistan is confronting discrimination at international level in the nuclear field, ARY News reported. Chairing the first session on the Future of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime at the International Conference on “Global Non-Proliferation Regime: Challenges and Response”, the minister maintained that discriminatory instruments in Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and policy regarding the new entrant states was a challenge for Pakistan. "Increasing…

Pakistan’s credentials for NSG membership stronger than India: Air Chief

ISLAMABAD: Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman says Pakistan’s membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group is inescapable for lasting peace and stability in the region as well as the world. Addressing a seminar in Islamabad titled “NSG Membership of Non-NPT States: Opportunities and Challenges” he said nuclearization of the South Asian region and Pakistan is primarily in response to its much-larger neighbour’s desires to acquire nuclear arsenal. He said nuclearization of Pakistan had brought, to some…

Pakistan seeks France’s cooperation in peaceful use of nuclear technology

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has sought France’s cooperation in peaceful use of nuclear technology and support for membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group. The desire was conveyed to France during a meeting in Islamabad on Friday to discuss issues related to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. The French delegation was headed by Assistant Secretary of State for Strategic Affairs Nicolas Roche, while Ambassador Tasnim Aslam represented Pakistani side, The two sides had a detailed and constructive exchange of views on…

Swiss companies willing to invest in Pakistan: President Leuthard tells PM Sharif

DAVOS: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif met the President of Swiss Confederation Doris Leuthard on the sidelines of annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. They discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues, including trade and investment opportunities in Pakistan, and the membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) which will co-chaired by Switzerland in the future. The prime minister complimented Switzerland’s objective, non-discriminatory and criteria-based approach on membership to the…

Foreign Secretary highlights Pakistan’s nuclear security efforts at IAEA conference

VIENNA: Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry highlighted Pakistan's nuclear security credentials at the International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Security organised by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. Addressing the conference, the Foreign Secretary shed light upon Pakistan's efforts to contribute to the strengthening of global nuclear security objectives. "Pakistan believes nuclear security is fundamentally a national responsibility and that states need to adopt strong measures at the national…

Pakistan tells India to respect 2003 ceasefire agreement

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday urged India to end cross-border skirmishes and respect the 2003 ceasefire agreement to avoid the situation from deteriorating further.    The spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nafees Zakaria during a regular media briefing in Islamabad said that India’s show of power at the borders highlighted double standards of its government. He reiterated that Pakistan would continue to support Kashmir’s freedom movement morally on every international platform until the decades-old…

‘NSG membership necessary for Pakistan’s access to nuclear technology’

ISLAMABAD: The membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is imperative for Pakistan’s recognition as a responsible nuclear state and access to sophisticated nuclear technology. This was stated by Director General Disarmament at the Foreign Office Kamran Akhtar during the consultative meeting and informal plenary session being held in Vienna for deliberations on the membership of non-NPT countries. The meetings are unlikely to end the stalemate on the issue of non-NPT states as several NSG members are insisting to…

Pakistan’s application for NSG based on solid grounds: Fatemi

BRUSSELS: Pakistan’s application for the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is based on solid grounds of technical experience, capability and commitment to nuclear safety and security. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi said this during his meetings with leadership of Belgium in Brussels as Prime Minister’s Special Envoy. He held meetings with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs Didier Reynders and Secretary-General Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dirk…

Pakistan seeks US support to get NSG membership

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Ambassador to the US, Jalil Abbas Jilani has approached the White House, the State Department, important Congressional leaders and significant think-tanks and opinion makers calling upon them to support Pakistan's membership of the NSG.