IN an article appearing in this paper, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has stressed the need to strengthen the NPT. There is no denying his belief about the sanctity of three pillars around which the treaty revolves: non-proliferation, disarmament and the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. Going into history, he rightly points out that when the treaty was first conceived and was in the process of getting acceptance from around the globe, the non-nuclear weapons states gave it the approval in the hope that the five nuclear states would eventually surrender their nukes. Behind it was the wish that the planet would be turned into a better and safer place to live. One fully endorses his view that Iran is being needlessly singled out for its peaceful nuclear activities. In a world where stronger states prevail over the weaker ones, the application of NPT to all alike was a tall order from day one and certainly remains so to this very day. Compared to the rough ride Tehran has been getting from the West, the conduct of the nuclear club itself raises many an eyebrow. While the NPT, to all intents and purposes, has been violated time and again by the US, law-abiding states like Iran have been punished for acting even within its framework. Only recently the US signed a nuclear deal with New Delhi despite knowing well that it would use its own fissile material for the production of weapons. We have the example of Israel, which is in possession of hundreds of bombs but hardly gets any criticism from the US. Worse still, the UK is currently increasing its nuclear arsenal, something that flies in the face of the disarmament regime. Meanwhile, the West ought to give up its Iran phobia, as it would serve no useful purpose other than the fact that the doomsday scenario the Western capitals are conjuring up will only further ratchet up tensions in the region.