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Pakistan maintains stance on nuclear non-proliferation

Pakistan says it is committed to the cause

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Islamabad: Pakistan reiterated on Tuesday its commitment to nuclear non-proliferation, in comments on a Washington Post story on leaked information on US intelligence surveillance of the country’s nuclear arms and related activities.

A spokesman of the foreign affairs ministry said in a statement that “Pakistan is fully committed to objectives of disarmament and non-proliferation.”

“As a nuclear weapons state, Pakistan’s policy is characterized by restraint and responsibility,” the spokesman said.

The spokesman said that Pakistan has established extensive physical protection measures, robust command and control institutions under the chairmanship of the prime minister and comprehensive and effective export controls regulatory regimes to ensure safety and security of nuclear installations and materials.

“We follow best international practices and standards set by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),” he said, adding that Pakistan is also fully engaged with the international community on nuclear safety and security issues.

“The efficacy of our strategic export controls has been acknowledged by experts from the international export control regimes during interactions on various occasions.

“Pakistan is a state party to both Chemical Weapons Convention and Biological Weapons Convention and is fully implementing the two regimes,” the spokesman said.

He stressed that Pakistan’s nuclear deterrence capability “is aimed at maintaining regional stability in South Asia.”

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