Pakistan's nuclear programme for civil energy purposes, says Nawaz

Published: March 11, 2014
DG IAEA Yukiyo Amano in a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the PM house on Tuesday. PHOTO: PID

DG IAEA Yukiyo Amano in a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the PM house on Tuesday. PHOTO: PID

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said that Pakistan intended to use nuclear technology in order to address the country’s severe energy crisis.

Talking to Director General International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiyo Amino here at the Prime Minister House, the premier said Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) was helping the country to meet its power requirements with expansion of the Chashma nuclear projects and new nuclear power plants in Karachi.

Terming the help of IAEA as key, Nawaz said Pakistan was making use of nuclear technology in several areas including power production, medicine, agriculture, food preservation and water management for the benefit of the people.

The premier also assuaged fears of proliferation, reaffirming Pakistan’s commitment to nuclear non-proliferation (despite remaining one of the three countries to have never signed the non-proliferation treaty), adding that “all our current nuclear power plants as well as research reactors are under IAEA safeguards and all obligations are being fulfilled adequately.”

Nawaz appreciated the positive role played by the Agency in the development of peaceful use of nuclear technology in Pakistan, for human resource development in various scientific disciplines and establishment of research and development facilities at different centers in the country.

He said the government of Pakistan valued its relationship with IAEA and said this cooperation shall be strengthened in the time ahead.

IAEA director general appreciated Pakistan’s commitment to use of nuclear energy for the benefit of its people and extended his support for the cause.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 11, 2014 - 8:29PM

    Man Sahib is taking every step in the right direction. Long live Man Sahib.


  • imran bhatt
    Mar 11, 2014 - 9:05PM

    Says the PM of the biggest proliferating country in the world.


  • Factual
    Mar 11, 2014 - 9:14PM

    Why he saying the silly things such as “civilian porpoises”? I thinking that our nuclear weapons is to protects ourselves from the big evil thingy called INDIA, that always wants to attack us (4 times + Kargil, if I remembers my high school histories correctly). Whereas we is nations of peace even if some of our guys are scary lookings because of big beard hairs and large turbanny things on head. Also, nuclear weapons is to help us help KASHMIR, because one thing we definitely love to do is worry about welfares only of Muslims, and that too only those in other countries.


  • Char Latan
    Mar 11, 2014 - 9:30PM

    It’s true that Pakistan’s nuclear technology is for civilian use. AQ Khan was a civilian after all.


  • Mar 11, 2014 - 10:27PM

    I am very afraid to having knowlege that Pakistan is a nuclear armed state but facing power shortage, our policies has been failed to moving toward direction direction,
    We in the past have prefered to other projectb which left behind personal and political interests.

    It is dire need of the time we prefer the policies which are indespensable for our pure national interests not personal or poilitical gain.


  • unbelievable
    Mar 11, 2014 - 11:07PM

    I suggest Sharif look up the definition of non-proliferation. It’s common knowledge that AQ Khan sold nuke technology to N Korea, Libya and Iran – the fact that AQ Khan remains a national hero tells you that Pakistani people/govt have no concerns over nuclear proliferation.


  • yash
    Mar 11, 2014 - 11:17PM

    @imran bhatt:


  • SM
    Mar 12, 2014 - 12:14AM

    @imran bhatt:
    Says who? The Americans? The Americans are the biggest proliferators of nuclear technology in the world.

    That said, everything Pakistan did was for a reason. So what if we can nuclear power tech to Iran or North Korea; Americans have done the same to Israel. Its just simply that American propaganda was easy for everyone to accept, much like the terrorism bogey of 9-11.


  • Raj - USA
    Mar 12, 2014 - 4:03AM

    Indian Hindus should build a temple for Dr. A.. Khan. Indian muslims may build a Minar instead or name a mosque after him and followers of all other religions in India should also bestow their highest honor for Dr. AQ Khan.
    Dr. Khan should be revered and worshipped more in India than in Pakistan because it is Dr. AQ Khan who gave the permanent advantage to India in nuclear technology. It is only due to his proliferation activities that US and the West made a clear differentiation between India and Pakistan, and started to favor India and punish Pakistan. If the names of the Generals who were part of Dr. A.Q. Khan proliferating network are known, they should also be honored by all Indians.


  • Maula Jatt
    Mar 12, 2014 - 8:37AM

    Pakistan’s nuclear program is a necessity due to imminent threat from 3 other nuclear nations, India, Israel, and the US. Without Nuclear deterrent, Pakistan may have been invaded already. I am proud of my country’s security apparatus. Recommend

  • Ibrahim
    Mar 12, 2014 - 9:38AM

    Government of Pakistan has been successful in initiating comprehensive plans to eradicate energy crisis. Pak-China nuclear cooperation is 1st step in this regard. This plan completely follows IAEA guideline.


  • Areeha
    Mar 12, 2014 - 9:45AM

    Its very much true that major percentage of Pakistan’s nuclear program is being utilized for the civilian purposes such as in the field of medicine, agriculture and food preservation. It since the first nuclear weapon test has established a proper regulatory body and adhere itself to the international norms and standards of non-proliferation. @unbelievable Kindly make it clear that at the time of AQKhan, he was the sole individual who had the knowledge of nuclear technology and was responsible for the nuclear activities. But in 1998 when Pakistan conducted its first nuclear weapon test soon NCA was established and later on SPD was maintained as a responsible for any kind of activity related to nuclear weapons. Since then no act of proliferation from the Pakistani side has been reported. Latest meeting between IAEA and PM shows the responsible behavior of Pakistan.


  • Rabia
    Mar 12, 2014 - 10:02AM

    Despite facing various kinds of embargoes to obtain nuclear equipment, Pakistan will continue to develop its civil nuclear capability in a bid to diversify its energy mix and overcome power crisis. Pakistan is now using third generation nuclear equipment and that is 500 times safer as compared to the equipment installed in Fukushima and Chernobyl where nuclear accidents took place. The Pak China nuclear cooperation on Karachi Nuclear Power Plants will certainly facilitate the country to get rid of the energy crisis and give a boost to economy of the country.


  • Pops
    Mar 12, 2014 - 10:15AM

    O my God, made in China nuclear reactors next door. Now I AM worried.


  • Ayousha
    Mar 12, 2014 - 11:01AM

    The IAEA recognition of Pakistan’s nuclear efforts towards safety and security is really an appreciable move. It is an acceptance of all the hard efforts which Pakistani nuclear related authorities made since the day of inception. They have experienced lots of criticism and questions but continued with hard work to make Pakistan nuclear assets security spotless. Although its non-signatory member of NPT, the efforts made are primarily voluntarily which is also need a big applause.


  • Natalia
    Mar 12, 2014 - 11:05AM

    IAEA is an international organizing in safeguarding and maintain the nuclear safety and security throughout the globe. The very visit itself is an acknowledgment of Pakistani efforts in safety and security. The country is very cautious in assuring the safety measures of the international standards. This is a big achievement of all the day and night efforts of all the scientists, engineers, researchers and policy planners.


  • Meesha;
    Mar 12, 2014 - 11:11AM

    It is time to celebrate that Pakistani nuclear efforts have been widely recognized at the international front. IAEA is an international body to maintain the nuclear affairs of the world. This visit appreciates the Pakistani efforts in the nuclear domain. It is also an answer to all those which are bend on criticizing Pakistan nuclear weapons program.


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