Have declared unilateral moratorium on nuclear testing: Pakistan

Pakistan’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Nabeel Munir said at the Security Council debate on proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by non-State actors on Thursday.

By: PTI | United Nations | Published:December 16, 2016 5:31 pm
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Pakistan said it has declared a unilateral moratorium on nuclear testing and has been forthcoming in offering to translate this into a bilateral arrangement on non-testing with India. “It is in the interest of all states to prevent proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) to states as well as non-state actors,” Pakistan’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Nabeel Munir said at the Security Council debate on proliferation of weapons of mass destruction by non-State actors on Thursday.

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Listing the steps taken by Pakistan to fulfill its non-proliferation obligations, he said Pakistan has elaborated and implemented a comprehensive export control regime, harmonised with those of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).

“We have declared a unilateral moratorium on nuclear testing and have been forthcoming in offering to translate this into a bilateral arrangement on non-testing with India,” he said.

He claimed that Pakistan’s credentials clearly establish its eligibility to become a member of the NSG.

“The grant of waivers to long held non-proliferation norms and rules carries obvious proliferation risks and also undermine regional strategic stability. It is critical that an equitable, nondiscriminatory and criteria-based approach to promote civil nuclear cooperation and membership of export controls regimes, in particular that of the NSG, is adopted,” he said.

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    Sajal Liza
    Dec 20, 2016 at 6:54 am
    The complexity and tensions which exist between two nuclear weapon states are known to everyone. India is the one who introduced nuclear weapons in the region. stan always the pursue of nuclear deterrence and that’s why its again offers a unilateral moratorium on nuclear testing and have been forthcoming in offering to translate this into a bilateral arrangement on non-testing with India. There is dire need of some nuclear settlement between two nuclear rivals and stan has done a lot address the nuclear question.
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      Rabia Javed
      Dec 19, 2016 at 12:03 pm
      Once again, in the larger interest of peace and stability in the region, as also in the global context, stan has indicated the possibility that the two countries may consider a bilateral arrangement.
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