Pak Lobbied With 17 Countries Against India’s NSG Bid: Sartaj Aziz

Aziz who trumpeted it as moment of a success failed to mention what happened to Pakistan’s own application for NSG.

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 Sartaj Aziz, Pakistani Foreign Affairs Advisor (Photo: Reuters)

Pakistan’s intensive diplomatic lobbying, including letters written by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to his 17 counterparts prevented India from gaining entry into the NSG, claimed Sartaj Aziz on Monday.

Aziz, who serves as the Adviser to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Foreign Affairs, said that hectic diplomatic efforts were made to inform the world leaders about Pakistan’s position on India’s NSG entry.

Prime Minister Sharif personally wrote letters to 17 prime ministers of different countries on the matter, which is on record
Sartaj Aziz, Foreign Affairs Adviser, Pakistan

However, Aziz, who trumpeted it as moment of a success for Pakistan, failed to mention what happened to Pakistan’s own application for membership to the 48- member elite group of Nuclear suppliers.

The Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG) meeting last week failed to achieve consensus over the entry of India as some countries including China objected that being a non-NPT signatory, India was not eligible for the membership.

Pakistan, along with China, had tried to sell the idea that a criteria-based non-discriminatory approach was needed to admit new members.

Aziz also revealed that Pakistani security agencies were in the process of compiling more evidence against the alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav who was arrested in Pakistan earlier in the year.

Pakistan claims its security forces had arrested Jadhav from Balochistan in March and alleged that he was “a serving officer in the Indian Navy.”

It accused Jadhav of planning “subversive activities” in the country. India has acknowledged that Jadhav had served with the navy but denied that he has any connection with the government.

(With PTI Inputs)

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