Ahead of US visit: Army chief says nuclear security a sacred responsibility

The army chief will be meetin­g top US offici­als betwee­n Novemb­er 15-20


November 13, 2015
Army Cheif General Raheel Sharif. PHOTO: ISPR

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Friday said nuclear security is a sacred responsibility, ahead of an official visit to the US.

“Nuclear security is a sacred responsibility and I am glad to see that it has instilled as a culture and the progress being made in the recent past is praiseworthy,” the army chief said, during a visit to Pakistan’s Centre of Excellence for Nuclear Security (PCENS). The army chief will be meeting top US officials between November 15-20.

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While expressing his full confidence in Pakistan’s nuclear security regime, the army chief lauded the high standards of professionalism and commitment of the Strategic Plans Division (SPD) security forces, entrusted with safeguarding Pakistan’s strategic assets.

Earlier upon arrival at PCENS, the army chief was received by Lieutenant General Mazhar Jamil, Director General Strategic Plans Division.

In order to strengthen its nuclear security regime par with international standards, Pakistan has taken several measures, including setting up of the PCENS.

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Pakistan has also offered this Centre of Excellence as a regional and international hub for imparting nuclear security education and training to the international community. Since its establishment, PCENS has conducted several national and international training courses focusing on physical protection, personal reliability as well as safety and security of nuclear and radiological materials and facilities.

COMMENTS (6)

Sarwar | 6 years ago | Reply To add to my previous comment: Please note centrifuges were "transferred" for very the first time during the first Benazir Government (1988-1990). During that period, Mirza Aslam Beg was the Army Chief who should or would know about transference of nuclear technology. Investigative journalists have to find out how many and who were involved.
Sarwar | 6 years ago | Reply @Dr. Shahid Masood: What do you mean? Are you laying the blame of transferring nuclear technology squarely and exclusiveiy on Dr. A. Q. Khan and absolving others? For example, centrifuges could not be sent abroad only through an individual without the knowledge of others. Sarcastically speaking, you cannot pocket the centrifuges, they are huge and cannot be "exported" with stealth.
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