Pakistan touts using atoms for sustainable development

Islamabad says it is providing facilities of nuclear medicine to nearly one million patients a year 

Anadolu Agency September 19, 2019
Pakistan's national flag flies near the hill under which the country's five nuclear tests were carried out. PHOTO: AFP/FILE


Pakistan on Thursday said the country is making vital peaceful use of nuclear technology for the country’s socio-economic development.

Islamabad is organising a side event during the ongoing 63th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria and has an exhibition stall on "Atoms for sustainable development" to showcase the work it has done in the peaceful use of nuclear science and technology, said Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry in a statement.

The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) is running 18 hospitals in the country where they provide facilities in nuclear medicine to nearly one million patients annually.

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"Pakistan continues to utilise the enormous potential of nuclear technology for the social-economic development of the country and in order to realise the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)," said the statement.

"Nuclear technology applications are being used in diverse areas of electricity generation, health, agriculture, hydrology, industry, environment and basic sciences."

Pakistan assured the IAEA that it stands ready to further strengthen their partnership including contributing to its efforts to build capacity in other countries.

Such partnerships are part of Pakistan's science diplomacy initiative, which envisages international cooperation in science, technology, and innovation for socio-economic development and achieving the UN goals, the statement concluded.

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