New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s advisor on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz told the Pakistani media on Tuesday that Pakistan had been “successful” at blocking India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
Earlier, Indian foreign secretary S Jaishankar had a discreet visit to China to address the issue of India’s acceptance into the elite group of nuclear suppliers. China – despite the knowledge that other members of the NSG had accepted India’s entry – refused to discuss India’s NSG entry in the upcoming meeting in Seoul.
In a public statement, Aziz said that Pakistan had a strong case to gain Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership on merit and non-discriminatory basis. He also said that Pakistan was not being isolated and its foreign policy was being tuned.
“Pakistan’s foreign policy is geared for the protection of national interests and nuclear assets,” said Aziz who emphasised the fact that Pakistan would continue to follow the policy of non-interference in other countries’ affairs.
Sartaj Aziz’s comment came amidst strong opposition in Pakistan over the country being isolated.