Pakistan asks India to bring its entire nuclear programme under IAEA safeguards
Pakistan has asked India to bring its entire civilian nuclear programme under the safeguards laid out by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Kamran Akhtar, Director General of Disarmament at Pakistan’s Foreign Office, said on Monday that Islamabad will not agree to Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT) until New Delhi brings its entire nuclear programme under IAEA safeguards.
"It is incumbent on us to stand up for our own interest. We want an assurance that India's whole three stage nuclear power programme would be under safeguards," Akhtar said while speaking at a round-table discussion in Islamabad on FMCT.
“Pakistan will not agree to FMCT until it gets the assurance from India,” he added.
Akhtar further said that negotiating a treaty that only bans future production of fissile material without taking into account the existing stockpiles would freeze "the existing asymmetries".
He also alleged that India has been given "discriminatory waivers", which added to Pakistan's security concerns.
“Pakistan should not be asked to agree to something that is not in its strategic interest. The FMCT would put Pakistan at a permanent disadvantage and undermine its security interests,” he said.
Myanmar’s Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe claimed
that ARSA terrorists are trying to create an Islamic Republic in
“These terrorists are trying to dismantle the local administrative
structure, he said while talking with foreign diplomats at Nay Pyi Taw.
He said that the police have been taking the main role to protect the
civilian population, but the military have now been requested to assist
the police in view of the growing terrorist threat in northern Rakhine.
Myanmar’s National Security Advisor U Thaung Tun stressed that the
acts of terror have serious implications not only for the country but
the region and beyond.
“It is a clear indication that the terrorists planned and executed
the attacks to undermine efforts of the Government and the international
community to achieve peace, stability, and sustainable development in
Rakhine State,” he said at the same briefing.
He said that the 25th August 2017 was Myanmar’s Black Friday – a day o…
Jammu is up in arms against the authorities. This time, it is not against discriminatory policies being pursued by the successive Kashmir-dominated and Valley-centric governments in Jammu & Kashmir since 1947, but against the settlement of Rohingyas from Myanmar in Jammu and Ladakh, both strategically vital for national security.
According to the late Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the number of Rohingya Muslims living in different parts of Jammu city and around it, was 5,107 in 2010 (AINS, 10 October 2015). And, as per Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s June 2016 Assembly statement, there were 13,400 Rohingyas and Bangladeshis living in camps in Jammu. She said “Bathindi Ka Plot is home to the highest number of Rohingya Muslims” (The Hindustan Times, 5 December 2016).
The break-up of Rohingyas settled in the state is as follows: Jammu – 5,086, Jammu’s Samba district – 634 and Ladakh – 7,664. The total number is 13, 334.
The Jammu Chamber of Commerce and In…
On the eve of Bakr-Eid, chief of Ansar Gazawat-ul-Hind, al-Qaida's Kashmir cell, Zakir Musa issued a 10-minute audio message, threatening to "liberate" India from the rule of "cow-worshipping" PM Modi and Hindus. Musa, former Hizbul Mujahideen terroriost, also warned the government against deporting Rohingya Muslims in Jammu. Last week, the Centre had said that it intended to deport all the estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living in India. Around 6,000 of them live in Jammu. Lashing out at Pakistan army and government for betraying Kashmir's jihadi movement by supporting the US in its war against "mujahideen", Musa said Islamabad "shut down training camps (for terrorists), martyred many Kashmir-centric mujahideen and put some behind bars". The message was released on YouTube channel Ansar Ghazwa and circulated by his followers on messaging platforms. Earlier, the outfit's media wing, Al Hurr, released a poster with a message, "Soon,…