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From left, front row: Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, European Council President Donald Tusk, Vietnam's Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi take part in the Nuclear Security Summit family photo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.─AFP
From left, front row: Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, European Council President Donald Tusk, Vietnam's Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi take part in the Nuclear Security Summit family photo at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.─AFP

WASHINGTON: At the global Nuclear Security Summit held here, Pakistan sought greater acceptance as a responsible nuclear state.

“We believe that since Pakistan has strong credentials on nuclear safety, security and non-proliferation, it qualifies for full integration in the multilateral export control regimes,” a statement presented at the summit said.

Pakistan assured the international community that it was strongly committed to the objective and had been proactively engaged with efforts to promote nuclear safety and security.

“Pakistan has ensured that nuclear and radioactive materials and all related facilities are secured in all places,” said the ‘national statement’ read at the summit.

Tariq Fatemi submits two statements at summit

Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi, who represented the country at the summit after the prime minister opted out because of internal pressures, also read another statement, called ‘intervention’, spelling out Pakistan’s positions on the issues raised during the conference.

Both statements assured world leaders that Pakistan was a responsible nuclear power and was party to several international instruments relevant to nuclear safety and security.

“Within the framework of these instruments and the IAEA activities and programmes, Pakistan is committed to international cooperation consistent with our national priorities,” one of the statements said.

Pakistan informed the participants that it took the responsibilities related to nuclear safety and security very seriously and its nuclear security regime was effective, dynamic and responsive to the entire range of threats.

The elements of nuclear security in Pakistan include a robust command and control system under the National Command Authority, a rigorous regulatory regime, comprehensive export controls and cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency and other countries.

The country reiterated that its export controls were consistent with those being implemented by the Nuclear Suppliers Group, Missile Technology Control Regime and the Australia Group. Pakistan’s Centre of Excellence on Nuclear Security continues to grow into a regional and international hub.

It explained how it had been running a safe, secure and safeguarded civil nuclear programme for more than 40 years.

The official statement noted that even the summit recognised nuclear security as a national responsibility and as a responsible nuclear state, Pakistan accorded the highest priority to the security of its facilities.

“Pakistan’s nuclear security paradigm, evolved over the years, is effective and responsive against the entire range of possible threats. Nuclear se­­cu­rity regime in Pakistan is dynamic and regularly reviewed and updated.”

Pakistan explained that the regime was based on the national legislative, regulatory and administrative framework.

“Pakistan follows the principle of multi-layered defence to prevent and effectively respond to the entire spectrum of threats and has established a specially trained, highly skilled and well-equipped force that is designed for nuclear security.”

The statement explained that Pakistan’s regulatory regime encompassed all matters related to nuclear safety and security, including physical protection of materials and facilities, material control and accounting, transport security, prevention of illicit trafficking and border controls.

It includes plans to deal with possible radiological emergencies through an elaborate Nuclear Emergency Management System.

“As a country with advanced nuclear fuel cycle capability, Pakistan is in a position to provide nuclear fuel cycle services under IAEA safeguards, and to participate in any non-discriminatory nuclear fuel cycle assurance mechanisms,” Mr Fatemi said.

Published in Dawn, April 3rd, 2016

Comments (15) Closed

Cyrus Apr 03, 2016 08:17am

Good news for the world. Better news for Pakistan.

Lucky Star Apr 03, 2016 08:55am

Bad news for India.

shehzad younus Apr 03, 2016 09:44am

good stance by Tariq Fatimi...................maintain this image of Pak.

Sheldon Apr 03, 2016 11:15am

Very well said, Sir. Forcefully put out. Pakistan is a responsible nuclear nation. The world cannot just stay stuck on the past events forever, otherwise, Germans would still be called Nazis and Americans would still be hated for bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Roy Apr 03, 2016 11:54am

All talk and no action wont change anything. PKistan image is pretty bad. Nasty bad

Hassan Apr 03, 2016 01:22pm

its time for world to act unbiased now.Giving India access to civil nuclear energy and denying Pakistan speaks of a prejudiced approach

Jamshed Apr 03, 2016 01:23pm

good work Fatimi Sahib. Keep fighting for the country.

Khalid Latif Apr 03, 2016 01:47pm

Once again, a significant defesive posture. Nearly the whole statement is about how safe Pak nucs are and how hard we are working on it. Who does Pakistan seek the acceptance from, that its nuclear assets are safe, India? Or the other countries possessing nuclear weapons? Our delegation should have advised the others to be more vigilent in protecting their assets. It should have offered help to the 'wise men' if they needed any. We find other nuclear powers as responsible or otherwise, as Pakistan, in preventing proliferation as well as tecnical disasters. Our response shoud have been positive and with confidense instead of passive and 'acceptance of others' about Pakistan being a responsible nuclear power. Of course we are, and better than others, at that.

Abdul Apr 03, 2016 03:03pm

Good news. With great power comes great responsibilities. Wishes from India.

Syed Zafar KazmiU.S.A Apr 03, 2016 04:35pm

@Sheldon Excellent argument.

Khwarezmi Apr 03, 2016 05:58pm

The only way forward for complete safety is nuclear submarines with ICBMs so nuclear weapons can stay safe underwater from all sort of enemies!!

What a joke Apr 03, 2016 07:38pm

Well well :)

Nizamuddin Ahmad Aali Apr 03, 2016 08:14pm

Without a legal & elected FM a statement from a low level official means very little. Sadly the PM / FM of Pakistan was missing from the forum. Very sad state of affairs.

Farhan Apr 03, 2016 08:48pm

As long as China stays with us we should not worry.

Zak Apr 03, 2016 10:37pm

We don't need to justify anything to anyone. Resolve kashmir and South Asia becomes nuke free.