Pakistan’s intensive diplomatic lobbying prevented India from NSG entry: Aziz

Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said on Monday that Pakistan’s intensive diplomatic lobbying prevented India from gaining entry into the Nuclear Supplier Group’s (NSG).

While talking to media at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad, Aziz said, “Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif personally wrote letters to 17 prime ministers of different countries on the matter, which is on record.”

The NSG failed to reach consensus the other day on India’s membership application after several members of the international nuclear trade cartel insisted on adhering to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) condition for admission.

The disagreement on the matter proved to be a major diplomatic setback for India and its supporters, the US, Japan and some other Western countries.

India and Pakistan are the two non-NPT states aspiring for the membership of the 48-member international nuclear trade cartel.

Aziz added that the security agencies are in the process of compiling more evidence against arrested Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Earlier this month, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said India was not opposed to “any country’s entrance into NSG based on merit, including Pakistan”, and was hopeful that India would become a member of the group by the end of the year.

Commenting on the issue of the Afghan Taliban, Aziz acknowledged that the Pakistani government categorises Taliban into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ groups, adding that the government is trying to push ‘good Taliban groups’ for the resumption of dialogue.

Aziz was also of the opinion that consultations with the security establishment regarding foreign policy are ‘normal’.

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