With reports of the US considering a nuclear agreement with Pakistan emerging, New Delhi on Thursday asked for Islamabad’s proliferation track record to be kept in mind.
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, “We’ve seen these reports and it is not for the first time this issue has surfaced. Whosoever is examining that particular dossier should be well aware of Pakistan’s track record in the area of proliferation. When India got this particular deal it was on the basis of our own impeccable non-proliferation track record.”
“That is the reason the US gave us 123 Agreement in 2005 and that is why we got a NSG waiver in 2008. Pakistan’s track record is completely different, so we hope that will be taken into account in making any such decision,” he said, while responding to questions on the proposed US-Pakistan nuclear pact. Swarup’s remark was an oblique reference to Pakistan scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, who supplied nuclear technology to countries like North Korea.
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On whether Pakistan had asked India for a meeting between the two foreign ministers along with NSAs’ meeting, as proposed by India on the sidelines of the UNGA, he said, “Yes. There was an issue of sequencing.” Pakistan reportedly pushed India for a meeting between the foreign ministers as a pre-condition for NSA talks, which was turned down by the Indian side.