India close to NSG membership, Pakistan still in deep slumber
India continues winning support for its membership of Nuclear Supplier Group – a 48 nation club dedicated to restrict nuclear proliferation by controlling the export of technology that can be used to manufacture nuclear weapons. Undoubtedly, it’s an alarming moment for Pakistan.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came back India today after a 140 hour long trip covering five countries including Afghanistan, Qatar, Switzerland, America and Mexico.
Modi reached his first destination Afghanistan on June 4 and inaugurated the Salma Dam (also known as Afghanistan-India friendship Dam). The $290 million project will provide up to 42 megawatt power to Afghanistan’s industrial hub, and irrigate areas around Herat that have been ravaged by a 15-year drought. The Indian PM was awarded with Afghanistan’s highest civilian honour, the Amir Amanullah Khan Award.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 4, 2016
Modi’s next stop was Qatar where he persuaded business leaders to invest in India and assured them that his country is making doing business easier. Modi also visited Indian workers at a Qatar camp and discussed their major concerns and health issues.
Next, he landed in Switzerland where he convinced the Swiss government to support India for getting membership of NSG. And it worked. PM Modi also met industrial leaders in Switzerland to woo them to invest in India.
The highlight of Modi’s trip was his visit to Washington DC, where he addressed the US Congress on Wednesday becoming the sixth Prime Minister to do so. He spoke on the issues ranging from defence, terrorism, security cooperation, trade and economic relationships. Modi’s 48-minute speech got 64 round of applause and nine standing ovations.
In his speech, Modi has encouraged a continued American military presence in Afghanistan because he is worried that Pakistan will have unchallenged influence there once the Americans leave.
“Your contribution in keeping the region safe and secure is deeply appreciated,” Mr. Modi said. “A commitment to rebuild a peaceful and stable and prosperous Afghanistan is our shared objective,” he added.
Overlooking the deadly Gujrat riots in India, Modi said in his speech, “I commend the members of US Congress for sending a clear message to those who preach and practice terrorism for political gains.”
Hitting on Pakistan, Modi said, “India will never forget the solidarity shown by US Congress when terrorists from across our border attacked Mumbai in 2008.”
“India exercises with the United States more than we do with any other partner. Defence purchases have moved from almost zero to ten billion dollars in less than a decade,” Modi added.
Modi met business leaders at the US-India Business Council round-table on June 7. During this meeting, Amazon founder announced a $3 billion investment in India in addition to the $2 billion that his company committed in 2014. The US also returned over 200 cultural artifacts of worth 100 million to India.
During Modi’s trip across three continents, India also got support of Mexico for the NSG membership. The Mexican president Pena Nieto said, “As a country, we are going to be positively and constructively supporting India’s request in recognition of the commitment by Prime Minister Modi to the international agenda of disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.”
In Modi’s earlier visit to Iran on May 22, India and Iran signed 12 agreements ranging from Chabahar port to an aluminum plant. They also inked an agreement on laying railway line to give India connectivity to Central Asia and Afghanistan. Many agreements on Culture, science and academic cooperation were also signed.
PM Modi also addressed a conference on ‘India and Iran, Two Great Civilizations: Retrospect and Prospects’ in Persian.
There is not any other opinion about how advantageous Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s abroad visit is for his country. While India is stabilizing its relations with countries like the US, Iran, Afghanistan, Qatar and UAE among others, it’s constantly overlooking and hammering the neighbor Pakistan.
While PM Modi is trying to present India as a peaceful country overleaping the massacre in Kashmir, and terror activities by RAW in neighboring countries, the Pakistani government fails to take stance to protect its country’s image on international level.
Unfortunately, the Pakistan has neither any foreign minister nor any foreign policy. The Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif is himself acting as foreign minister, and his advisors on foreign affair Sartaj Aziz and Tariq Fatemi are reportedly not having friendly relations. The things do not end here. While India has more than four lobbies persuading the American community to make investment in India, Pakistan has not even one lobby in the US.