Pakistan will join MTCR at ‘appropriate’ time, says Islamabad

Islamabad, June 30 (IANS) Days after India joined the Missile Technology Control Regime, Pakistan authorities on Thursday said that Islamabad would choose to become a part of the regime at an “appropriate” time.

Pakistan, despite harbouring a keen interest in regimes that control exports, did never express a wish to join the MTCR, which is dominated by the West and controls exports in missile and UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) technology.

Pakistan has “fairly” succeeded in developing a missile programme and various short- and medium-range missiles.

India became the 35th member of the MTCR this week after a consensus emerged in the grouping on admitting it into its fold.

As an MTCR member, India will now have access to crucial missile technologies from across the world.

–IANS

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