India and the NSG

Published: June 21, 2013
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RAWALPINDI: This is apropos the article “From non-proliferation to nuclear supplier” (June 21) by Ali Mustafa. Pakistan has constructed a robust case for civilian nuclear technology transfer from western countries for its energy needs but western countries have been dragging their feet over the issue. If India could be given such an allowance by the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), despite its record vis-a-vis nuclear proliferation, why is Pakistan not being given a similar allowance?

We must keep in mind that through the Indo-US nuclear deal, the US had not only violated the Non-Proliferation Treaty, but had also violated the Hyde Act of 2006. The NSG members should push hard to guarantee that no significant non-proliferation issues grow from the Indo-US deal.

Hasan Ehtisham

Published in The Express Tribune, June 22nd,  2013.

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  • Dr Dang
    Jun 21, 2013 - 10:52PM

    You should’ve read the comments that followed the article before making this demand.

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  • Don't Lose Hope
    Jun 21, 2013 - 10:56PM

    @Hasan Ehtisham

    You have already mentioned , Why Pakistan shouldn’t be given this tech ? “If India could be given such an allowance by the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), despite its record vis-a-vis nuclear proliferation, why is Pakistan not being given a similar allowance?”

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  • Raj - USA
    Jun 22, 2013 - 1:42AM

    Pakistan should not be given even a fertilizer plant or a factory to make ball bearings. As simple as that. The reasons are known to everyone.

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  • Anand
    Jun 22, 2013 - 3:29AM

    Sir, it is for the giver to choose, who he favours, the seeker can ask, moan and sulk, that’s all.
    Western countries do not owe nothing to Pakistan. If they prefer India, it is within their right. .

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  • Arijit Sharma.
    Jun 22, 2013 - 8:42AM

    ” … If India could be given such an allowance by the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), despite its record vis-a-vis nuclear proliferation, why is Pakistan not being given a similar allowance? … “

    You must think that Pakistan is an exemplary nation.

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  • Observer
    Jun 22, 2013 - 9:33AM

    “If India could be given such an allowance by the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), despite its record vis-a-vis nuclear proliferation, why is Pakistan not being given a similar allowance?”

    Read your own comment above, especially the words that have marked in bold letters. Yes, the reason NSG waiver was given to India is exactly because of its stellar record on non-proliferation. This is in stark contrast to Pakistan’s record on proliferating to Iran, North Korea and Libya.

    Hope that answers your question.

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  • Realist
    Jun 22, 2013 - 10:32AM

    Thank you for your somewhat disturbingly persistent presence on our news websites, my fair-feathered Indian friends from across the border. The U.S., in fact does owe a lot to Pakistan. Who else will engineer their Afghan exit? Where else will they supply their forces from (longer, more complicated and vastly costlier routes)? Who will help them save face after a botched adventure in Afghanistan — yes, Al Qaeda was routed (i.e. pushed into Pakistan), but how strong is the Karzai government? How reliable are the Afghan security forces? What grip does the central govt have over rural areas where shadow governments call the shots? Hundreds of thousands of pieces of military hardware need to go back to the States upon their exit. I presume you are expecting they can somehow create a teleportation device and do this through India? Of course not. Trust me, the U.S. needs Pakistan, now more than it has in the past decade. In other news, of course the US-India nuclear deal was in violation of several treaties and there’s no reason that a similar deal shouldn’t be made with Pakistan now that it has been made with India. Nobody is begging for it though. “Raj – USA” is clearly delusional and has a singular goal of senseless maligning.

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  • Jun 22, 2013 - 10:40AM

    The article in question says India is a proliferator, without mentioning TO WHOM India has proliferated to. This is a letter which says, “I agree”.

    Not only that, it goes further than that. After coming to the conclusion that India is a proliferator(repeat: without even mentioning who it shared its knowhow), the letter goes on to state that Pakistan should be treated on par.

    But, everyone in the world is not a Pakistani to believe such tales. They have a mind of their own. They will ask, “If India is a proliferator, who has it proliferated to?”.

    I was surprised ET decided to publish such slandering articles against another country.

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  • khan
    Jun 22, 2013 - 11:48AM

    india is not a place where prime ministers sons r abducted ,, people showers roses on murders..blasts almost everyday in mosque attack on bases jets blown.. india has got good non-proliferation record unlike pak.. ex. n.korea. iraq,iran.libya

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  • Chris Harris
    Jun 22, 2013 - 3:53PM

    @Realist

    As an outsider my opinion about Indo-Pak issues are largely based on what I find in international media and web pages like these. So, I may be wrong, but this is what I think. Firstly, about your confidence in US’s dependence on Pakistan’s co-operation to transport huge war machinery. Pakistan does and will co-operate, because it gets money from US for it. And I believe Pakistan need that money too. Secondly, for Pakistan to come out its economic crisis it needs both IMF and World Bank, for quite some time in future. And US is notorious for using its clout in these two banks to get its wayward partners in line. Also do not forget Pakistan’s dependence on US and EU market and various other aid agencies. At another level this urge to look for parity with India in respect of bi-lateral relations with every other country is quite childish. It’s demeaning and devoid of self-respect. Honestly, would you like China to treat India the same way as it does to Pakistan? India is at least six times bigger in population and five times in size and many more times in economy. Imagine how funny Canada will look, if it tries for parity with US. Pakistan has all the right to achieve its reasonable ambitions and it has the potential to do so. Any attempt to punching above its weight will be seen as comical. I don’t think that US, France, Australia, or USSR are sealing nuclear deals with India, because they like their face and doesn’t like the Pakistanis’. There are many considerations other than a mere legal eligibility. Reliability of the client, political stability, economic strength, long term business opportunities are some of them. In international relations, political, or economic, nobody does a favour to anybody. For the right price you can get almost anything from anybody.

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  • B
    Jun 22, 2013 - 6:35PM

    @Realist:
    “Who else will engineer their Afghan exit?”
    You forgot THE MIGHTY DOLLAR.

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