Pakistan stronger than India for NSG membership

Islamabad: After India got a support from nations like United States, Switzerland and Afghanistan for India’s membership of Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG), political activity has been reportedly grown more in counterpart Pakistan.

Reacting about the same Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz said in Islamabad on Sunday that their competence is stronger than India in NSG membership.

In an exclusive interview to Pakistan based local Dawn news channel, Aziz said that Pak’s credentials for the membership of NSG are stronger then India’s if the 48-nation alliance agrees to form a uniform criteria for Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
If the group forms such a uniform criteria, then Pakistan has stronger credentials for NSG membership than India,” the advisor said.

“Our strategy was to apply after India did, after which we would have immediately followed. We have had our application in an advance state of readiness for the past three months for this purpose,” Aziz said.

Aziz claimed that Pakistan has gradually gathered support for criteria based approach.

He further added that if India gains entry in the club then Pakistan will not be left behind.

The advisor said that Pakistan has come a long way to witnessed Islamabad safeguarding its nuclear assets.

“If you compare it with India, when our neigbouring country conducted a nuclear test in 1974, it misused the nuclear supplies given to it for peaceful purposes, which led to the formation of NSG. After that nuclear fissile material was stolen from India, but such an instance has never occurred in Pakistan,” Aziz said.

The NSG was created after India conducted its first nuclear test in 1974, it is expected that NSg is going to organised its next meeting in June.