Prime Minister given presentation on Nuclear Security Summit, Seoul

Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani was given detailed presentation by senior officials of SPD and Pakistan’s Ambassador to China, Mr. Masood Khan, who is also Chief negotiator on Nuclear Security, here at the PM’s House which was attended by Foreign Minister, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Khalid Shamim Whynne, Lt. General (Retd) Khalid Kidwai , DG Security, Foreign Secretary and other senior officials, on the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul from March 26 to 28, 2012.

The Prime Minister said that the world had recognized that Pakistan evolved excellent safety security arrangements for its nuclear assets under the auspices of National Command Authority.

The Prime Minister said that the National Command Authority had the full backing of the Parliament because it was created by an act of Parliament.

The Prime Minister said that the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul represented the continuity because he had earlier attended the Summit in Washington in April 2010 adding that it amounted to Pakistan’s abiding commitment to its nuclear assets as well as civilian nuclear pants’ safety and security.

Earlier the Prime Minster was briefed about the technical dimensions of the safety and security of Pakistan’s nuclear assets including the state of art training to the personnel deputed to ensure the security of the nuclear installations.

The meeting also dilated upon the initiatives to augment the security mechanism in the light of the Fukushima incident in Japan by adopting new technology in the mechanism.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to China, Mr. Masood Khan briefed the Prime Minister from diplomatic point and said that Pakistan had played major role in strengthening the mechanism of the IAEA. He said that Pakistan had the honour of chairing the BOG’s of IAEA and Dr. Ansar Pervez remained its chairman last year. IAEA has recognized Pakistan’s contributions in this regard, he added.

The Ambassador said that Seoul Forum would provide an excellent opportunity to project Pakistan as a responsible nuclear power state of the world.

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