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About growing Indo-US relations, Sartaj says broader geo-political factors are involved particularly the US policy of containing China where India fits in. He expresses the confidence that in view of effective diplomacy of Pakistan , India would not be able to get another exception this time to make an entry into Nuclear Suppliers Group. Pakistan has been urging that there should be criteria-based approach for inclusion of non-NPT countries into NSG and the criteria should be equally applied to all. Pakistan 's point of view has received considerable support from many countries. Our point of view was generally accepted at the meeting of NSG in Vienna and hoped that same would be the result at its forthcoming meeting in South Korea. Earlier, the members emphasized the need for accelerating the work on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project in accordance with the decisions arrived at the all parties' conference.

"Pakistan has Categorically Stated No Compromise will be Made on Nuclear Programme": Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry

(Stated by Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry while briefing the Senate Standing Committee on defence and foreign affairs in Islamabad today)

Angoor Adda has not been handed over to Afghanistan; however, Pakistan Army constructed a gate for the Kabul government in Afghan area as a gift. Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan and a peaceful solution to the Afghan issue will have to be found. Pakistan hosted millions of Afghan refugees despite difficulties. He said terrorists from Afghanistan take shelter in the camps of the Afghan refugees. Pakistan will not allow its soil to be used against any other country. Terrorism is the major issue for Pakistan and over five thousand Pakistani soldiers have so far sacrificed their lives in war on terror.

Analysts

Dr. Huma Baqai (IR Expert)

“Indian government and his cabinet are involved in anti-Pakistan policies. India has never responded in a positive manner despite Pakistan’s serious efforts to improve bilateral relations with all the neighboring countries including India. Director General of India's National Investigation Agency Sharad Kumar himself admitted that there is no evidence of Pakistan 's involvement in the attack on Indian Air Force base in Pathankot. United States is also aware of the reality that India is involved in terrorist activities in Pakistan . Both India and United States are jealous of improving Pak-China bilateral relations. United States is adopting strict attitude towards Pakistan . The security forces have also apprehended RAW’s agent who is a serving officer in the Indian Navy. United Nations needs to play a dominant role to resolve all outstanding issues including Kashmir, Palestine and Syria etc.”

Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal (IR Expert)

“All the members of NSG are aware of the fact that India does not fulfill the criterion of its membership. Yet, United States is supporting India in this regard. None of the think tanks of any country has expressed reservations on Pakistan’s nuclear program as it is safe and secure and merely for self defense. Pakistan has developed modern technology nuclear weapons. United States is supporting India for the sake of its national interests as India is a big trade market. It is U.S policy to utilize India to counter China. United States needs to review its policies for South Asian region because the recent policies can destabilize the balance of power in the region.”


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