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Pakistan diplomat at UN pitches for inclusion in NSG

The NSG is a group of nuclear suppliers that regulate global trade in nuclear?technology. Photograph: (Getty)

WION Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan Aug 26, 2016, 07.40 AM (IST)
Pakistan's top diplomat at the United Nations has said that the country had taken "exemplary measures" to establish nuclear safety and must thus be included in the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan's permanent representative to the UN, on Tuesday said that the country had implemented an export control regime and also participated in the Nuclear Security Summit process, the Dawn reported.

Pakistan had also ratified the 2005 amendment to the Convention on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and reinforced that it was keen on a bilateral arrangement on non-testing with India.

The NSG is a group of nuclear suppliers that regulate global trade in nuclear technology.

"Pakistan is fulfilling its responsibility toward non-proliferation of nuclear weapons with utmost dedication," she was reported saying.

"We expect that a non-discriminatory, criteria-based approach is followed for extending NSG membership which strengthens the non-proliferation regime," she added.

"Differences in state capacities compounded challenges to addressing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction," she said.

Pakistan and India are the two non-NPT States aspiring for the membership of the elite group.

(WION with inputs from agencies)
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