Pakistan has emphasized its eligibility to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.      

Speaking in the United Nations Security Council, the acting Pakistani Permanent Representative Nabeel Munir said Pakistan had taken a series of steps that fully qualify it for joining the NSG.

He said it is critical to adopt an equitable, non-discriminatory and criteria-based approach to promoting civil nuclear cooperation and membership in export control regimes.             

He underscored Pakistan's commitment to its non-proliferation obligations and said it had been a consistent supporter of the objectives of UN non-proliferation resolution.

Earlier, UN Deputy-Secretary-General Jan Eliasson underlined the threats posed by weapons of mass destruction in the wrong hands and called on international community to take advantage of every opportunity to strengthen collective defences.

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