ISLAMABAD (dpa) – Pakistan expressed concerns Wednesday over a civil nuclear deal between the United States and India announced during President Barack Obama’s recent visit to New Delhi.
The nuclear deal “would have a detrimental impact on deterrence (and) stability in South Asia,” Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz said in a statement.
“Pakistan reserves the right to safeguard its national security interests,” he added.
In the deal, President Obama committed US backing for India to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), a multinational nonproliferation organisation, as well as a reformed UN Security Council.
Aziz said an exemption from NSG rules to grant membership to India would exacerbate tensions in South Asia, undermine the credibility of the NSG and weaken the nonproliferation regime, he said.
“Pakistan remains opposed to policies of selectivity and discrimination,” Aziz said.
Pakistan and India have fought at least three major wars and have been involved in countless border skirmishes since gaining independence from Britain in 1947.