Pakistan looking forward to cooperation in civil nuclear energy: Nawaz

Prime minister calls for Pakistan’s inclusion in the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Web Desk March 24, 2014
US President Barack Obama, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (L-R) attend attend the opening session of the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague March 24, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS

THE HAGUE: Referring to the prevailing energy crisis in Pakistan, prime minister Nawaz Sharif told the Nuclear Security Summit at The Hague on Monday that its nuclear programme was secure, and that it seeks international cooperation and assistance for civil nuclear energy needs under IAEA safeguards, Radio Pakistan reported.

Addressing at the 3rd Nuclear Security Summit at The Hague on Monday, Nawaz highlighted that Pakistan had been running a safe and secure nuclear programme for over four decades and it has the expertise, manpower and infrastructure to produce civil nuclear energy.

The premier called for Pakistan’s inclusion in all international export control regimes, especially the Nuclear Suppliers Group. International treaties and forums should supplement national actions to fortify nuclear security, said Nawaz.

Pakistan’s nuclear security policy

Explaining the Pakistan’s nuclear security Nawaz said it is supported by five pillars – a strong command and control system led by the National Command Authority (NCA); an integrated intelligence system; a rigorous regulatory regime; a comprehensive export control regime; and active international cooperation.

“Our security regime covers physical protection, material control and accounting, border controls and radiological emergencies,” said PM.

He claimed that Pakistan’s nuclear materials, facilities and assets are safe and secure. Our nuclear security regime is anchored in the principle of multi-layered defense for the entire spectrum – insider, outsider or cyber threat, Nawaz elaborated.

He further elaborated that Pakistan have established a Centre of Excellence that conducts intense specialized courses in nuclear security, physical protection and personnel reliability. We are ready to share our best practices and training facilities with other interested states in the region and beyond.

Discussing the measures taken by Pakistan to prevent nuclear proliferation, Nawaz said that Pakistan has deployed radiation detection mechanisms at several exit and entry points to prevent illicit trafficking of radioactive and nuclear materials.

Talking about the international cooperation on nuclear security, the premier said that IAEA has an essential responsibility and a central role to play and Pakistan has been working productively with the IAEA to implement its Nuclear Security Action Plan (NSAP).

Ratification of CPPNM

Prime minister announced that Pakistan is considering ratification of the 2005 Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM). We are actively conducting a review to meet its various requirements, said Nawaz.


Nick Holding | 10 years ago | Reply

Pakistan has developed its skills widely in the Civil use of nuclear technology, current government has clearly made up the mind to achieve the target of meeting energy crisis through nuclear power. Pakistan surely needs investment and lot of supplies for bigger nuclear power projects, for that it has to get into a civil nuclear agreement. Keeping in mind the strict policy over the export control and security, Pakistan is surely the best option signing the civil nuclear deal with nuclear suppliers.

Muslim Leaguer | 10 years ago | Reply Thanks God! Pakistan is rapidly regaining its glory that had been lost during the past 1.3 decade including 8 years of Musharraf's dictatorship and 5 years of his NRO-beneficiary Zardari. Long Live Pakistan.
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