ISLAMABAD: The Nuclear Supplier Group’s (NSG) waiver has allowed India to exponentially increase its fissile material stocks, said Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry on Friday.

“Strategic stability in South Asia has been negatively impacted by Indo-US nuclear deal and the discriminatory waiver granted to India by the NSG,” remarked the foreign secretary while speaking at the Institute of Strategic Studies.

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The foreign secretary further stated that “Pakistan is a peace loving country which was compelled to acquire nuclear deterrence in the face of grave threat to the country’s national security.”

All of Pakistan’s civilian nuclear facilities are placed under International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards, and the country fully adheres to the standards set by the international agency, highlighted Aizaz.

Shifting the focus on to Pakistan’s civilian nuclear needs, the bureaucrat explained that Pakistan is facing an energy shortage and Pakistan should be granted NSG membership in accordance with a non-discriminatory uniform and criteria based approach.

According to earlier media reports, US has been weighing options to sign a civil nuclear deal with Pakistan.

A report in The Washington Post had claimed that the US is exploring an option that could pave the way for a civil nuclear deal with Pakistan like the one concluded with India in 2005.