ISLAMABAD: It is part of Pakistan’s policy to provide awareness and transparency about measures taken by it to strengthen nuclear security nationally.
On the occasion of the second Ministerial Nuclear Security Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a brochure outlining Pakistan’s nuclear security regime.
The brochure stated that Pakistan has established a comprehensive and effective national nuclear security regime which is at par with the latest international standards and guidelines, the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
It further said that the regime is based on an extensive legislative and regulatory framework governing the security of nuclear material, radioactive substances, associated facilities and activities.
“This is backed by strong institutions and organisations with the requisite authorities, resources and trained manpower for effective implementation,” it added.
It stressed that Pakistan keeps its nuclear security systems and measures under constant review and continues to invest in relevant technologies and human resources.
“Pakistan has established an independent nuclear regulatory authority with wide-ranging regulatory and inspection mandate,” it underscored.
Pakistan’s nuclear security arrangements have been recognised at the international level by several high ranking officials and experts.
During his inaugural address at the IAEA Nuclear Security Conference in Vienna IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano expressed his appreciation for Pakistan Centre of Excellence on Nuclear Security (PCENS).
Published in The Express Tribune, December 7th, 2016.