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Pakistan seeks support for Nuclear Suppliers Group membership

Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz telephoned Foreign Ministers of Austria, Turkey and Argentine. Sartaj Aziz underscored Pakistan's credentials for NSG membership and emphasized the importance of non-discriminatory approach on NSG expansion to non-NPT states.

Pakistan's credentials stronger than India foe NSG membership: Sartaj Aziz 

Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says Pakistan's credentials for the membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) are stronger than India's if the 48-nation cartel agrees to form uniform criteria for non-NPT states. Pakistan has diplomatically engaged numerous countries over the criteria-based approach for non-NPT countries. "If the group forms such a uniform criteria, then Pakistan has stronger credentials for NSG membership than India." "Our strategy was to apply after India did, after which we would have immediately followed. We have had our application in an advance state of readiness for the past three months for this this purpose." Pakistan has gradually gathered support for the criteria based approach. Advisor to the PM said, "Last week, I telephoned the foreign ministers of Russia, New Zealand and South Korea, who will in future head the NSG, and our viewpoint was that they should support the criteria-based approach, and we have gathered support for it, China was already supporting it." Due to Pakistan's efforts and its strong credentials, if India gains entry into the club, Pakistan will not be left behind.

Pakistan Army has achieved unparalleled successes in fight against terrorism

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif says Pakistan Army with support of the entire nation has achieved unparalleled successes in fight against terrorism. He said this during his visit to forward locations in North and South Waziristan on Tuesday. He spent whole day with the tribes and troops busy in consolidation phase of Operation Zarb-e-Azb. The Army Chief was given detailed briefing on ongoing operations and comprehensive rehabilitation work and its effects on the social landscape of area. General Raheel said that operation Zarb-e-Azb is in its final stage in the fewer left out pockets. The Army Chief also inaugurated multiple projects as part of the post operation comprehensive rehabilitation plan for FATA. He appreciated the support of the tribal brethren in combating terrorism and acknowledged their sacrifices. He assured them that terrorists would never be allowed to return and Army will not go back till the job is fully done. He said besides rehabilitation of IDPs, our focus within FATA will now be on more efficient border management to prevent cross border movement. He said for enduring stability, intelligence based operations and combing operations will continue with same vigor across the country.

Government takes all measures for rehabilitation of repatriated families in North Waziristan: President 

President Mamnoon Hussain says the government is talking all measures for the rehabilitation of repatriated families in North Waziristan. He was talking to a delegation of North Waziristan led by Parliamentary Secretary Muhammad Nazir Khan which called on him in Islamabad on Tuesday. President said repatriated families will be provided all facilities including education and medical care. He said Pakistan Army has purged North Waziristan of terrorists and established peace. President also paid tributes to sacrifices of tribal people of North Waziristan in war against terrorism. He said government is making efforts for economic development and prosperity of people of North Waziristan agency.

Funeral prayers of Major Ali Jawwad Changezi held

Major Ali Jawwad Changezi who was injured in the firing of Afghan forces on Torkham border yesterday succumbed to injuries today. Major Ali Jawad's funeral was attended by Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif among others in Peshawar, after which his body was flown to his hometown – Quetta – for burial.

Analysts 

Ali Sarwar Naqvi (Former Ambassador):  

“The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is a group of 48 nuclear supplier countries that seeks to contribute to the non-proliferation through the implementation of two sets of guidelines. Pakistan and India are not the members of this group as they have not signed the NPT. Therefore, Pakistan is unable to adopt modern technology. United States is backing India for the membership of this group and Pakistan also qualifies for the same. China and Turkey want to treat all the countries equally for the membership of NSG. If India becomes the member of NSG, it will be injustice to Pakistan and will destabilize the balance of power in the region. Keeping in view the rules and regulations of the group, Pakistan has a strong case to apply for its membership. If United States is supporting India, many other countries will support Pakistan.”

Brig. (Retd.) Harris Nawaz (Defense Analyst): 

“It has been almost two years since Operation Zarb-e-Azb started with an aim to wipe out the menace of terrorism from the country. We must appreciate the efforts of the security forces and the leadership of Army Chief. Pakistan is fighting this war successfully all alone and without anyone’s support. It means Pakistan has the world’s best army. NATO forces are still unable to control the menace of terrorism in Afghanistan. We have destroyed the hideouts and the networks of the militants. Afghanistan is under the influence of India and its puppet government is following the Indian policies. Both Pakistan and Afghanistan need to cooperate with each other to eliminate this menace. The incumbent government and the security forces should focus on to stop the cross-border movement of militants.”


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