Pak wants to ink an agreement on 'Non-Nuclear Testing' with India
Pakistan has declared a unilateral moratorium on nuclear testing. The country's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Nabeel Munir said, "It is in the interest of all states to prevent proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) to states as well as non-state actors," at the Security Council debate on proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by non-State actors at the United Nations yesterday.
Listing the steps taken by Pakistan to fulfill its non-proliferation obligations, he said Pakistan has elaborated and implemented a comprehensive export control regime, harmonised with those of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).
"We have declared a unilateral moratorium on nuclear testing and have been forthcoming in offering to translate this into a bilateral arrangement on non-testing with India," he added. He also claimed that Pakistan's credentials clearly establish its eligibility to become a member of the NSG.
"The grant of waivers to long held non-proliferation norms and rules carries obvious proliferation risks and also undermines regional strategic stability. It is critical that an equitable, nondiscriminatory and criteria-based approach to promote civil nuclear cooperation and membership of export controls regimes, in particular that of the NSG, is adopted," he said