Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz on Monday said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif personally wrote to 17 of his counterparts to prevent India from getting entry to the Nuclear Suppliers Group. A week ago, he had claimed that Pakistan made successful efforts against India’s membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group. "Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif personally wrote letters to 17 prime ministers of different countries on the matter, which is on record," said Aziz on Monday.

However, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakriya has always refuted claims that Pakistan was lobbying against India.

Last week, the NSG meet in Seoul failed to yield any result after a number of member countries insisted that new members should join the Non-Proliferation Treaty in order to be part of their body. Both India and Pakistan are not party to the NPT.

India and Pakistan had both applied for membership to the NSG, which currently has 48 countries that work together to monitor and control the export of materials or technology that can be used to create nuclear weapons. On June 13, Aziz had claimed that Islamabad’s credentials for membership to the group are stronger than India’s.