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Responding to Pakistan under the Right to Reply at the United Nations, which raised the Kashmir issue on October 10 at the UN first committee that deals with disarmament and international security, India has said nuclear proliferation linkages which are today active have clear Pakistan fingerprints.
“The biggest threat to peace and stability comes from active promotion of terrorism and the unbridled expansion of fissile material production and delivery systems for nuclear weapons under the shadow of a deeply disturbing and deeply entrenched nexus between state entities and non-state actors,” Siddhartha Nath, Counsellor at Conference on Disarmament, said in Geneva.
The international community must stand united against those whose persistent violations increase nuclear threat and proliferation risks, he added.
“Nuclear proliferation linkages which are today active have clear Pakistan fingerprints,” he said.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in his address to the General Assembly last month, expressed his readiness for a bilateral arrangement between India and Pakistan on a nuclear test ban. Ambassador Tehmina Janjua, permanent representative of Pakistan to the Conference on Disarmament, reiterated his point at the October 10 conference.
“We are awaiting a response to that proposal,” she had said, addressing the conference on the belief that peace and stability in South Asia cannot be achieved without resolving underlying disputes like “Jammu and Kashmir dispute, agreeing on measures for nuclear and missile restraint and instituting conventional forces balance”.
Hitting out at Pakistan, Nath added that “it is ironic that a country whose non-proliferation track record is marked by obstructionism seeks to convince the international community of its self-serving proposals”.
At this point, a Pakistani representative asked the reason for no response from India on his government’s proposals for a bilateral nuclear test ban arrangement. He alleged that India had conducted its first test in 1974 by ‘diverting’ resources from a reactor that had been supplied for peaceful use, and after which India has continued to develop such weapons despite numerous proposals by Pakistan to keep South Asia free of them.