Pakistan has called for evolving a rules-based, equitable and non-discriminatory international order to promote nuclear disarmament that strengthen the non-proliferation regime by shunning double standards.
Speaking in the General Assembly's First Committee, which deals with disarmament and international security matters, Pakistani delegate Usman Jadoon said that such an order should also limit and rationalize the stockpiles of conventional weapons, address the security concerns of all states and extend negative security assurances to non-nuclear weapon states.
Jadoon, who was participating in a thematic debate on nuclear weapons, said that double standards and discrimination in the South Asia region are aggravating the tenuous strategic stability and facilitating the 'hegemonic ambitions and aggressive designs of one regional state that is engaged in a relentless pursuit of strategic domination'.
"While the international and regional security environment continues to worsen, the fulfillment of nuclear disarmament obligations at the global level is being evaded by constantly shifting the goalposts towards additional non-proliferation measures," he said.
Regretting to note the failure of negotiating a fissile material cut-off convention, he said: 'A treaty which only results in a cut-off in the future...