Pakistan offers India bilateral arrangement on non-testing of nuclear weapons

Published: August 16, 2016
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“The bilateral non-testing arrangement, if mutually agreed, could become binding immediately without waiting for the entry into force of the CTBT at the international level,” revealed FO spokesperson Aizaz Chaudhry. PHOTO: ISPR

“The bilateral non-testing arrangement, if mutually agreed, could become binding immediately without waiting for the entry into force of the CTBT at the international level,” revealed FO spokesperson Aizaz Chaudhry. PHOTO: ISPR

ISLAMABAD: In an attempt to promote restraint and responsibility in South Asia, Pakistan has offered its nuclear-armed arch rival for a bilateral arrangement on non-testing of nuclear weapons, the Foreign Office said on Tuesday.

Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz had earlier this month renewed Islamabad’s proposal to New Delhi for simultaneous adherence to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

A similar proposal, Nafees Zakaria said, which was made following Pakistan’s nuclear tests in 1998, did not elicit a favourable response from India.

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“Pakistan has indicated the possibility that the two countries may consider a bilateral arrangement, which is reflective of its policy of promoting restraint and responsibility in South Asia and its consistent support for the objectives of the CTBT,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

“The bilateral non-testing arrangement, if mutually agreed, could become binding immediately without waiting for the entry into force of the CTBT at the international level.”

Explaining further, the spokesperson said while the unilateral moratoriums declared by the two countries were voluntary, legally non-binding and could be withdrawn unilaterally, a bilateral arrangement will be mutually binding and difficult to withdraw from unilaterally.

“Both countries could consider working out the details of the arrangement and mutually agreed confidence-building measures in relation to it.”

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The spokesperson said a mutual agreement could set the tone for mutually agreed measures on restraint and avoidance of arms race in South Asia.

“A bilateral arrangement on non-testing will also send a positive signal to the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG) countries, which are discussing the non-proliferation commitments of non-NPT states in relation to the question of membership,” said Zakaria.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Vectra
    Aug 16, 2016 - 8:18PM

    not possible,let Pakistan learn to take decisions independently irrespective of what India does or not.Recommend

  • Greg
    Aug 16, 2016 - 8:48PM

    An Nth rate islamist/terrorist country seeking parity with India. Nope, ain’t winning any brown points…Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Aug 16, 2016 - 11:54PM

    Pakistan is running out of money.Recommend

  • Dipak
    Aug 17, 2016 - 3:01AM

    Everybody knows Israel has the capabilities to diffuse all nuclear bombs in Pakistan. If Pakistan moves those bombs, they will self destruct. So they are useless. America soon advise Paki authorities.Recommend

  • Greg
    Aug 17, 2016 - 4:22AM

    India has bigger security threat from China. India can not sign any accord with Pakistan. This is Chinese trying to prompt Pakistan to box India into a corner. Not possible sorry PakisRecommend

  • Buzzkill
    Aug 17, 2016 - 4:47AM

    India should actually double their nuclear testing & force Pakistan to spend more money, thus bankrupting it.Recommend

  • Insolent
    Aug 17, 2016 - 4:55AM

    Ok indi, whatever@Greg: Recommend

  • Diva
    Aug 17, 2016 - 4:57AM

    What rubbish is an Indi thinking@Dipak: Recommend

  • sk
    Aug 17, 2016 - 7:27AM

    Pakistan, an isolated country on international arena, prefers to compare itself at par with India which is a much larger country in all respect & considered as one of the largest & influential country of the world.
    If really interested, Pakistan should offer the same to China & persuaded them to do so using her friendly relations. India would automatically follow the path.Recommend

  • dave
    Aug 17, 2016 - 7:42AM

    The Government must listen to its people and no talks with India till Kashmir is with Pakistan. Please keep their sentiments. We Indians will make sure that it lasts 1500 years and more. As for CTBT, it is eyewash from Pakistan to boast their standing at the next NSG meeting.Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Aug 17, 2016 - 8:06AM

    After signing the treaty( will never happen!) they will appoint A Q Khan as it’s head.North Korea is still failing to launch its own ! Why,china is not helping nowadays??Recommend

  • Rakesh
    Aug 17, 2016 - 8:25AM

    This is very clever step to make pakistan credibility on NSG equivalent to India, Because pakistan knows they cant stop india entry in NSG. More Importantly they got signal from CHINA(dude i am not able to stop india on NSG)Recommend

  • Rabi
    Aug 17, 2016 - 5:58PM

    Pakistan is a peace loving country which was compelled to acquire nuclear deterrence in the face of grave threat to the country’s national security. Hence it can be resolved by positive steps taken by Pakistan to bring peace and prosperity in the region. Recommend

  • Wasif
    Aug 17, 2016 - 7:32PM

    A sincere step by Pakistan but India will respond as usual with childish reply. as the Indian are replying in the comments. One can understand the Psyche of these Hindus by reading above comments. For Instance an idi@t is saying that Israel can defuse nuclear weapons.. lolsRecommend

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