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Pakistan’s nuclear program is said to have threatened peace in the region due to its hegemonic designs

Pakistani military helicopters fly past a vehicle carrying a Shaheen III long-range ballistic missile during the military parade to mark Pakistan’s National Day in Islamabad. — AFP/File

The US has imposed sanctions on four international companies – three Chinese and one from Belarus – or that “supply missile-capable items to Pakistan’s ballistic missile program, including its long-range missile program.” Naturally – and rightly so – Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry has strongly rejected these allegations, saying that such actions are discriminatory and that “the same jurisdictions that claim strict compliance with non-proliferation controls have waived licensing requirements for advanced military technologies. .” Pakistan is right to point out the arbitrary use of sanctions by the US under the guise of non-proliferation without any substantive evidence. Such actions also put Pakistan’s relationship with the US in a precarious position. The country has acted responsibly since it acquired its nuclear program, and it is no secret that this happened after India launched its nuclear program in the South Asian region. India, meanwhile, has acted like a bully in the region and if it were not for Pakistan’s nuclear program, it would have threatened peace in the region due to its hegemonic designs.

As for the West, there are indeed double standards and hypocrisy when it comes to the way they view countries like Pakistan while turning a blind eye to or rather arming a country like Israel with nuclear weapons in an unstable region like the Middle East . This in itself speaks volumes about their commitment to non-proliferation. While it is important that proliferation does not occur, it is equally important to provide concrete evidence of such serious allegations before imposing sanctions on international entities.

Some have pointed to the timing of the State Department’s announcement, which came just before a major visit by Iranian President Dr. Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi arrives in Pakistan. This will be the first visit by a head of state to Pakistan after the general elections in February. In light of Israel’s recent attacks on Iran – in Syria and then in Iran itself – the US timing is indeed suspect. Israel is committing genocide in Palestine, live on our television screens for all to see, while the West, especially the US, turns a blind eye to its war crimes. It is important that Pakistan asserts its right to make its own decisions within the realm of domestic and international law and without being monitored or dictated by any country. That this should be repeated is a reflection of the imbalance of power that exists within the global community. However, the US must certainly recognize the obviousness of its crooked censorship policy. Our relationships must not be sacrificed at the altar of such knee-jerk policy controls and unwarranted and unjustifiable interference.