Pakistan confronted discrimination at international level in nuclear field: Dr Shireen Mazari

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen Mazari on Monday said Pakistan had been confronting discrimination at international level in the nuclear field.

While chairing the first session on the Future of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime at the International Conference on “Global Non-Proliferation Regime: Challenges and Response” organized by the Strategic Studies Institute in Islamabad, Dr Shireen Mazari mentioned that discriminatory instrument in Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and policy regarding the new entrant states was a challenge.

Dr Shireen Mazari expressed the confidence that the Conference would help the participants understand the point of view of different Countries about nuclear non-proliferation.

Pakistan won’t join Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in prevailing situation: Dr Shireen Mazari

The minister said Pakistan would not join the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in prevailing situation. She said there was an increasing arms race in South Asia, adding India’s Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) system and the US support for India’s Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership were undermining strategic stability in South Asia.

Dr Mazari said there were problems with the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) indicating that those who needed to implement it were violating it.

“US and other signatories have violated the Article 1 and 2 of NPT by signing new deals with India,” she said adding with this attitude, Countries outside the NPT could not join it.

Shireen Mazari said no one talked about Israel’s Nuclear Program; they had to start discussion on Israel’s Nuclear Program for any progress on Non-Proliferation.

Experts from Iran, Russia, UK, France, China, Egypt and the US along with Pakistani experts attended the Conference.