Pakistan launches fresh drive to gather support for NSG membership

Pakistan has launched a fresh drive to gather support for its NSG membership bid with a top official on Tuesday embarking on a visit to Belarus and Kazakhstan to gain their backing.

PTI August 23, 2016 16:27:19 IST
Pakistan launches fresh drive to gather support for NSG membership

Islamabad: Pakistan has launched a fresh drive to gather support for its NSG membership bid with a top official on Tuesday embarking on a visit to Belarus and Kazakhstan to gain their backing.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi is undertaking visits to Belarus and Kazakhstan from 23 to 27 August as a special envoy of Premier Nawaz Sharif, the Foreign Office said in a statement.

Pakistan launches fresh drive to gather support for NSG membership

Representational image. Reuters

"The objective of the visits is to seek the two friendly countries' support for Pakistan's membership of the (48-nation) Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)," it said.

The Special Assistant is carrying letters from Sharif addressed to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

"In his letters, the Prime Minister has underscored the need for the NSG to adopt a non-discriminatory approach on the question of the membership for non-NPT states in order to promote strategic stability in South Asia and strengthen the global non-proliferation regime," the Foreign Office said.

While in Belarus, Fatemi will call on President Lukashenko and will hold meetings with Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, Deputy Foreign Minister Valentin Rybakov and Minister of Industry Vitali Vovk, it said.

In Kazakhstan, the Special Assistant's programme would include meetings with Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov and Deputy Foreign Minister Yerzhan M Ashikbayev.

Pakistan faces a tough challenge in gaining entry into the nuclear trading club as it has failed to get the support of the US which is pushing for India's membership.

Updated Date:

also read

High import duties lead to drug shortage in Pakistan amidst possible sixth wave of COVID
World

High import duties lead to drug shortage in Pakistan amidst possible sixth wave of COVID

Pakistan, over the past few weeks, has seen rising coronavirus cases, a grim reminder for the country that its battle with the pandemic is yet far from over

Pakistan comes under scrutiny as UK detects poliovirus after four decades
Health

Pakistan comes under scrutiny as UK detects poliovirus after four decades

Pakistan Polio Eradication Programme National Coordinator Dr Shahzad Baig told the Dawn newspaper that it was too early to say the virus had travelled from Pakistan, as UK authorities were yet to announce the results of genome sequencing

Pakistan: Acid thrown on 23-yr-old transgender in Lahore, police nab suspect
World

Pakistan: Acid thrown on 23-yr-old transgender in Lahore, police nab suspect

The transgender community is socially excluded by the Pakistani society where they experience high levels of physical abuse and face discriminatory behaviour in daily life, according to a recent study