ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi Sunday said any concessions granted by the United States in civil nuclear deals should be not be country-specific rather there must be some criteria.
“We are not interested in any nuclear agreement (with the US)… Our major concern is that our neighbour is being granted such concessions which it is not entitled to,” Tariq Fatemi said in an interview with PTV.
Pakistan’s nuclear programme should not be seen in isolation, but in regional context, he said, adding reservations over the nuclear concessions granted to India would be raised during the Prime Minister’s visit to the US next week.
He said Pakistan’s nuclear weapons were not the weapons of war rather those were meant for deterrence. Its nuclear programme was indigenous that was started after feeling threats from the Indian nuclear programme.
To a question, Fatemi said Pakistan had an ideal command and control system for the nuclear programme. It was purely for peaceful purposes that had been even acknowledged and admired by the international community.
He said the Prime Minister’s upcoming US visit would further strengthen the bilateral ties.
Trade, economy, investment and energy would be on the agenda of the talks with US officials as Pakistan was an ideal country for foreign investment with positive trends in national economy, he added.
Besides promoting bilateral ties, he said Pakistan would also seek access to the US markets and urge the American firms to invest here.
Fatemi said democratic institutions in Pakistan were getting strengthened, which had even been recognized by the world.
He dispelled the impression that the Prime Minister had shortened his US visit saying that not even his single engagement had been called off.
The SAPM categorically clarified that Pakistan would not compromise on national interests during the talks in the US.
He said Pakistan’s role was being recognized as vital for its efforts to establish peace and stability in the region. Under the Prime Minister Sharif’s guidelines, Pakistan was toeing a dynamic foreign policy, he added.
Fatemi lauded the recent Pak-Russia agreement for LNG pipeline and added that Pakistan desired other states to become part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor if they have any projects to enhance regional connectivity.
He said the CPEC would comprise a network of motorways, power projects and Gwadar Port, besides hospitals, universities and other allied facilities.
To another question, Fatemi said forceful raising of the Kashmir issue by the Prime Minister at the United Nations General Assembly would continue to haunt India for long. Pakistan would continue its moral support to Kashmiris, he added.
He said Pakistan always desired peaceful neighbourhood and immediate withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan would have negative impact until the Afghan forces were trained enough to handle the situation independently.