1. Twin fears grip Pakistani defence experts as India’s global stature grows

Twin fears grip Pakistani defence experts as India’s global stature grows

Pakistan fears the pressure of "big powers" may pave the way for India's entry into the coveted Nuclear Suppliers Group

By: | New Delhi | Published: December 14, 2016 5:10 PM
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Pakistani defence experts are deeply concerned over two developments. First, they fear that the pressure of “big powers” may pave the way for India’s entry into the coveted Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). Second, they are worried over the possible inclusion of Pakistani defence and commercial interests in the US export control list.

At a workshop on ‘Defence, Deterrence and Stability’ in South Asia on Tuesday, Pakistan’s Director General of Disarmament at the Foreign Office Kamran Akhtar said that small members of the NSG are being pressurised and if they make an exemption for India, there would be “serious repercussions” for Pakistan.

In November, the NSG members had failed to reach a consensus on the admission of non-NPT countries in the coveted NSG. Despite concerns, Pakistani experts also feel encouraged with the “growing support” for fixing criteria for the admission of non-NPT members in the NSG, according to Dawn.

“There are a lot of countries that now recognise the need for a criteria-based approach rather than granting exemptions, but pressures are still being exerted on smaller countries,” the Dawn reported Akhtar as saying during a workshop.

Akhtar further said that NSG members should decide if they want the group to be driven by political and commercial interests or the goal of strengthening non-proliferation.

Apart from the NSG, Pakistani experts are hoping that the US would not put more Pakistani concerns on the US entity list. If the US does so, they fear it would hit defence and commercial industry and lead to a surge in the country’s military spending, according to a report in The News.

“In many a case, the cost of basic raw material for the manufacture of simple bullets will go up as Pakistan’s defence industry will have to look for other sources from open market if Pakistan Ordinance Factories is included in the list,” The News quoted an official as saying.

According to the daily, as many as 44 Pakistani items are already in the US entity list that contains items threatening US national security. Russia tops the list with 161 items, followed by Iran (149) and China (92).

Though Pakistani administration is trying to establish diplomatic connections with President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, they fear the US may sanction Pakistani concerns on the basis of Project Alpha Report of King’s College, London.

The academic report has made some startling revelations against Pakistan. Some of them are: Pakistan continues to improve its fissile material production facilities. The country is also developing tactical nuclear weapons and working on enhanced nuclear delivery system, including submarine-based second strike capability.

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  1. Arvind Baba
    Dec 19, 2016 at 1:19 pm
    stan wants "peace and friendship" with India, but that is sabotaged by Indian government's hostility. PM Modi addressing Bangladesh Parliament last year admitted India created Bangladesh in 1971 by sending infiltrators to unleash death and destruction in former East stan. That was state-sponsored terrorism?In 1974 India exploded a nuclear device sending shock waves across stan and the world. That forced stan to develop its own nuclear program for self defence. Indian Defence Minister and senior officials have admitted that Indian intelligence agency RAW is sponsoring terrorism in stan. That's state-sponsored terrorism?India and stan are nuclear-weapon states, having achieved Mutually ured Destruction (MAD) status, any war would annihilate both countries. Therefore, spending billions on conventional weapons is criminal by India
    1. Rabia Javed
      Dec 15, 2016 at 4:07 pm
      Fear is true in its domain as it is creating another destabilization scenario in the region which will let complete India her hegemonic dreams. Not only this it is important to note that it was India who was the sole reason behind creating this group to stop spread of nuclear proliferation.
      1. Naveedahmed
        Dec 15, 2016 at 3:39 pm
        Today, most nuclear experts are unanimous in their views that deviation from a criteria-based approach to a country-specific approach is more likely to undermine the credibility of the NSG. If expansion of the NSG is necessary, then it will have to be decided in accordance with fundamentally agreed principles.

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