ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs
Syed Tariq Fatemi here on Wednesday briefed selected ambassadors
from the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) countries (NSG News).
The briefing was held in the backdrop of the recent meeting of the
NSG held in Vienna on 11th November 2016 that deliberated upon
the membership applications filed by two non-NPT countries.
The ambassadors also invited to the briefing belong to the group of like-minded
countries within the NSG, which stand for a non-discriminatory, criteria-based
approach on the extension of membership to countries which are not
signatories to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT).
The special assistant also appreciated the principled stance taken by these
countries on an issue which carried great significance for the global
non-proliferation efforts, as well as for strategic stability in South Asia.
He further expressed the hope that these countries will stand firm and resist any
attempts to create yet another exemption on the membership issue that
would deal a blow to the credibility of the group.
The special assistant also highlighted Pakistan’s strong credentials for the
NSG membership which include extensive measures in the domain of export
controls and nuclear safety and security as well as Pakistan’s strong commitment
to the objective of non-proliferation.