"Pakistan has been asked to consider what are described as 'brackets'," media quoted a source familiar with the talks between the two countries as saying.
    
It said Pakistan would agree to restrict its nuclear programme to weapons and delivery systems that are appropriate to its actual defence needs against India's nuclear threat. “Pakistan might agree not to deploy missiles capable of reaching beyond a certain range”, according to media reports.
    
In return for such an agreement, the US might support an eventual waiver for Pakistan by the 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group, of which it is a member.
    
"At US urging, that group agreed to exempt India from rules that banned nuclear trade with countries that evaded the Non-Proliferation Treaty," according to media.
    
It said that such an agreement might eventually 'open a path toward a Pakistani version of the civil nuclear deal that was launched with India in 2005'. The White House neither confirmed or denied the report.

It just said that the US is in regular contact with Pakistan on a range of issues ahead of Sharif's trip.
    
"We are in regular contact with the Government of Pakistan on a range of issues as we prepare for the visit on October 22 of Prime Minister Sharif. We'll decline comment on the specifics of these discussions," a senior Obama Administration official said.
    
In recent past, the US led international community has expressed concern over the fast growth of Pakistan's nuclear weapons stockpile.

 

 

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