India has again berated Pakistan at United Nations (UN) forum. This time it is over nuclear proliferation linkages. In a hard-hitting statement, India on Wednesday said nuclear proliferation linkages active today have clear ‘Pakistan fingerprints’ and an ‘unbridled’ expansion of fissile material under the nexus between state and non-state actors constitutes the biggest threat to peace. Counsellor, Conference on Disarmament, Siddhartha Nath said, “the biggest threat to peace and stability comes from active promotion of terrorism and the unbridled expansion of fissile material production and delivery systems for nuclear weapons under the shadow of a deeply disturbing and deeply entrenched nexus between state entities and non-state actors.”
Nath made the statement as part of India’s Right of Reply to Pakistan, which had raised the Kashmir issue at an October 10 session of UN First Committee, which deals with Disarmament and International Security. Nath said the international community must stand united against those whose persistent violations increase nuclear threat and proliferation risks. “Nuclear proliferation linkages which are today active have clear Pakistan fingerprints,” he said.
Ambassador Tehmina Janjua, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the Conference on Disarmament, had said at the session that Prime Minister Minister Nawaz Sharif had in his address to the General Assembly last month expressed readiness to agree on a bilateral arrangement between Pakistan and India on a nuclear test ban.
Earlier in the day, Venkatesh Verma, Indian envoy to UN, put some strong points forward on the nuclear agendas of Pakistan in response. Verma who retaliated Janjua’s Kashmir call by saying that active promotion of terrorism and expansion of nuclear weapons carries a threat to ‘peace and stability’. Januja had added up the Kashmir issue orally in her speech, which was however not there in her written statement.
The Indian envoy said that Pakistan is responsible for blocking international disarmament agenda. ‘Nuclear programme is under shadow of nexus between states and terrorists,’ Verma added.