UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan’s representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi told the UN that some nuclear weapons states are intent upon upgrading and modernising their inventories while preaching non-proliferation to others.
Speaking at the annual session of the United Nations Disarmament Commission, Ambassador Lodhi pointed to this “nuclear doublespeak” and said that peace and stability in South Asia cannot be achieved without resolving underlying disputes, agreeing on measures for nuclear and missile restraint, and instituting conventional forces balance.
“Our conduct continues to be defined by restraint and responsibility, and avoidance of an arms race (in South Asia),” Lodhi said in her speech.
The Pakistani envoy said the Commission, a subsidiary organ of the General Assembly, was meeting against a turbulent global security backdrop.
The negative trends in the disarmament and non-proliferation landscape were due largely to the lack of progress on the part of nuclear-weapon states in fulfilling their legal nuclear disarmament obligations, and could be further impeded by recent vows by some such states to “greatly strengthen and expand nuclear capabilities”, the Ambassador noted.
Another key challenge was the granting of discriminatory waivers to some, and making exceptions for power or profit reasons, all of which constituted nuclear double standards and opened up the risk of diversion of materials intended for peaceful uses to military purposes, Ambassador Lodhi said.