Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, has claimed that Pakistan’s modest nuclear is better than other countries, which has been accident-free unlike other programmes such as that of India.
In Washington, Pakistan’s Embassy on the sidelines of the summit held by US President Barack Obama, Aizaz said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had recorded 2,734 nuclear happenings all over the world, comprising five in India.
He said that, “Not a single breach or accident has occurred in Pakistan, although our programme is 40 years old,” as per the Indian Express quoted Aizaz as saying.
Pakistan, as per to him, has a better nuclear programme with the full support of people. Islamabad’s nuclear programme, he claimed, is geared towards defence and “not to threaten anyone”.
“Pakistan’s nuclear installations are secure and the world also acknowledges that they are,” he said. “Pakistan has worked very hard to ensure their security.”
He took a swipe at India for its ambitious nuclear programme and equally ambitious conventional weapons programme, saying the threat posed by them determined Pakistan’s activity.
“If the threat level increases we have to meet that and their conventional and nuclear levels are increasing too.”
“Pakistan has short-range and long-range missiles, and the purpose behind both is to prevent aggression.”
Special Assistant to Prime Minister pointed out that we need to look at nuclear security beyond the lens of weapons, especially at vulnerabilities in non-military environments.
Fatemi, said that greater interest in nuclear energy worldwide meant that more atomic materials and facilities required security, speaking at the working dinner hosted by Obama at the White House,
“It is equally important to remain alive to the potential threat of radiological dispersal devices. This threat is not limited to states with significant nuclear programmes,” he said. Fatemi said that radioactive sources today are being present in several private sector especially hospitals, industry and research centres.
“Facilities hosting such [nuclear] materials are often more vulnerable. There is, therefore, the need for vigilance and preparedness in all places.”
Urging on the statement said that Pakistan shares the worldwide concern over nuclear material falling into the immoral hands, Fatemi highlighted the emergency response mechanism Islamabad had put in place including the nuclear emergency management system at the national level, along with a nuclear and radiological emergency support centre and a nuclear and radiological emergency coordination centre which run round the clock.
Obama has emphasized of a persistent threat of terrorists getting their hands on nuclear materials despite progress in reducing such risks, and called on world leaders to do more to safeguard nuclear facilities against the “madmen” from extremist groups such as the Islamic State (Da’ish).
Obama warned in the meeting of the persistent threat of terrorist looking forward to takeover on nuclear materials. He said that the risks are low in nature and said to the world leaders having power of nuclear weapon to keep safe and advance nuclear facilities against “madmen”, pointed out outfitted banned militant group such as the Islamic State (Da’ish) in the meeting in Washington.
While quoting Obama he said that, “There is no doubt that if these madmen ever got their hands on a nuclear bomb or nuclear material, they would certainly use it to kill as many people as possible,” he told the global Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.