ISLAMABAD:(APS)June 25, 2016-Pakistan has described its permanent membership to Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as an important milestone with regard to its national objectives.
Talking to state media that Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakariya said this would provide a platform to Pakistan to collectively work with other SCO member states in different fields, including security.
The spokesperson said given the strategic location of Pakistan, other regional countries can also take full benefit of it for the promotion of trade and economic activities through enhanced connectivity.
Responding to a question about the membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), the spokesperson said Pakistan will continue efforts to muster support of the NSG members for its membership. He said Pakistan being a responsible nuclear country fully qualifies for membership of the nuclear club.
Giving Pakistan’s stance on NSG membership, the spokesperson said our stance is that a single, fair and non-discriminatory criteria should be adopted for the entry of non NPT states in the nuclear club. He stressed that the applications of both Pakistan and India in this regard should be taken simultaneously as any discriminatory approach will have far-reaching effects on the strategic stability in the region.