Pakistan rejects any obligation enshrined in Treaty on Prohibition of nuclear weapons

Pakistan rejects any obligation enshrined in Treaty on Prohibition of nuclear weapons

On Friday, Pakistan said that it does not consider itself bound by any of the obligations enshrined in the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons link.

In a statement issued on Friday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri stressed that this treaty neither forms a part of, nor contributes to development of customary international law in any manner.

The spokesperson said the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons link, which was adopted in July 2017, was negotiated outside the established UN disarmament negotiating forums. None of the nuclear armed states, including Pakistan, took part in the negotiations of the treaty which failed to take on board the legitimate interests of all stakeholders.

Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said it is indispensable for any initiative on nuclear disarmament to take into account the vital security considerations of each and every state.

He said many non-nuclear armed states have also refrained from becoming parties to the treaty.