US backing for India in NSG will bring us closer to China: Pakistan

  • PTI, Islamabad
  • Updated: Jun 22, 2016 16:47 IST
In this March 31 photo, President Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a working dinner with heads of delegations of the Nuclear Security Summit in the East Room of the White House, in Washington. (AP)

Pakistan’s national security adviser Nasser Khan Janjua has alleged that the US’s efforts to get India included in the nuclear suppliers group (NSG) was part of a “greater design” to contain China and prevent the resurgence of Russia.

“It’s [part of] a greater design,” Janjua said at a seminar on Tuesday on Pakistan’s case for NSA membership. American policies, he cautioned, would ultimately bring Pakistan even closer to China.

Janjua said the move by the US to induct India into the 48-nation exclusive nuclear club should be seen in the context of ‘global power politics trends’.

He then listed “contain China, prevent the resurgence of Russia and keep the Muslim world in a controlled chaos” as some of the leading trends in the current global power politics, The Express Tribune reported.

The newspapers said it was unprecedented that a top Pakistani official would publicly make such a candid statement on a sensitive issue.

Pakistan was upset with the US decision to aggressively campaign for India while ignoring Islamabad’s NSG aspirations, the paper said.

Pakistan formally applied for NSG membership in May, setting the stage for a showdown with India at the elite grouping’s plenary session in Seoul.

The campaign for India’s membership was seen as carrying the risk of antagonising Pakistan as well as China, which could veto India’s application, the paper said.

Pakistan feared that NSG membership for India would disturb strategic balance and trigger a new arms race in South Asia, it said.

Pakistan’s former permanent representative at the UN in Geneva Zamir Akram said Islamabad was only opposed to “exclusive membership” of the NSG for India.

He was speaking at a seminar organised by the Stra­tegic Vision Institute (SVI), a think-tank, in Islamabad.

The Dawn reported that Akram’s comments follow remarks by Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj that India was not against any country, including Pakistan, joining the NSG on merit.

“Pakistan supports the evolution of criteria that can be applied across the board,” Akram said.

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