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.
The world needs more India and less China—that’s according to many of
the members of the global strategic community who were in India last
week. They came for the third Raisina Dialogue, hosted by the Observer
Research Foundation and India’s Ministry of External Affairs. It was a
stellar line up.
On the Indian side, among the those giving talks were Ministers
Sushma Swaraj, M.J. Akbar, Smriti Irani, Suresh Prabhu, General (Retd.)
V.K. Singh and Hardeep Singh Puri. The current Foreign Secretary, S.
Jaishankar, was there, as well as the future one, Vijay Keshav Gokhale.
Politically, the tone was kept appropriately neutral, with prominent
roles for both Ram Madhav and Shashi Tharoor.
The range and seniority of foreign delegations underlined the
uniqueness of India’s global position. There were high-level speakers
from around the region and around the world, including the United
States, Russia, Iran, Indonesia, Turkey, Singapore and more.
The opening session was addressed …
The National Investigation Agency (NIA), has picked up evidence in
Punjab that indicates that Pakistan’s spy agency, Inter-Services
Intelligence (ISI), is highly active to link pro-Khalistani groups in
Punjab and abroad with J&K terrorists “to make it a two-state terror
With the help of Punjab police, the NIA has reached the conclusion
that the ISI once again wants to revive militancy in the state. The NIA
is in the process of approaching the Interpol to corroborate the
evidence that the ISI is involved in the targeted killings of Hindu
leaders in Punjab during the past two years. The Moga police recently
interrogated some Sikh hardliners and gangsters and learnt that huge
funds were being routed from Pakistan to radicals in Canada, US, UK,
Italy, France, Germany, the UAE and some other countries, and from there
diverted to India through hawala channels.
Senior RSS leader Jagdish Gagneja, Shiv Sena leader Durga Prasad
Gupta, Hindu leader Amit Sharma, Dera…
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…