In another setback to the ambitions of the Pakistan to join in the elite NSG club for free and unhindered nuclear commerce, the United States has added seven Pakistani companies to a list of foreign entities that are subject to stringent export control measures.
The move is being seen as yet another signal that US has more or less come to believe that Pakistani entities are involved in activities that are seen with apprehension by the US.
It need be mentioned that NSG is the elite club of countries that deal with trade in fissile materials and nuclear technologies.
The list identifies entities “reasonably believed to be involved in or poses a significant risk of being or becoming involved, in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States”.
There were a total of 23 additions including 15 entities from the troubled South Sudan and were published by the US department of commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security.
This comes as shock to the Pakistan which has been backed so far by China and Turkey for its claim on the NSG.
It could not be immediately ascertained if these additions were a part of the general toughening of the US position vis a vis Pakistan.>