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The advisor to the prime minister on Foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz reaffirmed on Tuesday that Pakistan will play its role in the implementation of Resolution 1540.

The Security Council passed the resolution 1540 in 2004. It has been termed as one of the most important aspects of the non-proliferation framework; it is aimed specifically to keep non-state actors from acquiring mass destruction weapons.

Aziz said that while addressing a two day international conference held in Islamabad. This Conference was organized by Pakistan’s Foreign Office on the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1540. Conference was to highlight contemporary issues of non-proliferation to affirm that Pakistan being a nuclear state will continue strengthening its ties with the international community.

The security council passed the resolution 1540 in 2004. Since then, it has been termed as one of the most important aspects of the non-proliferation framework. The resolution was passed specifically to keep non-state actors from acquiring mass destruction weapons.

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Pakistan has taken a clear stance that it would not sign the Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) nor sign the draft of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. (CTBT). Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to PM Nawaz Sharif, highlighted that a balance must be maintained between the goals sets for the advancement of non-proliferation and facilitating access of dual-use goods, technologies and materials to the developing countries.

Pakistan has taken a clear stance that it would not sign the Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) nor sign the draft of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. (CTBT).

Aziz also mentioned that Pakistan will be willing to share its experiences and expertise through technical assistance with fellow developing countries.  He also explained how Pakistan has been able to secure a spot in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

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He argued that states which hold the same capabilities and strengths as the others should be given the opportunity of participating in the export control governance. Further, he also emphasized on the need for a transparent and clearly outlined criteria of the countries opting membership of the non-NPT.

The two-day regional seminar which has been organized by the Ministry of Foreign affairs, in Islamabad’s prestigious Serena Hotel, gives a common platform to 13 countries from South and Central Asia, China and Russia.

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