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Pakistan’s nuclear assets in safe hands: PM Sharif

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    ISLAMABAD: The National Command Authority session, chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, took place at the Prime Minister House on Thursday, DawnNews reported.

    The meeting, which took place after media disclosure that the United States had intensified its surveillance of Pakistan’s nuclear programs based on documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden, was aimed at examining Pakistan’s nuclear assets.

    The NCA is the principal forum responsible for command and control of the country’s nuclear arsenal. It also looks after the security and safety of nuclear installations.

    The session was also called to find solutions for the tense situation at the Line of Control, and to explore the effects of a possible US-led strike on Syria.

    It was attended by the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Khalid Shamim Wynne, the three services chiefs along with Foreign Affairs and National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali, Finance Minister Ishaq Khan and Lt-Gen (retd) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, the chief of the Strategic Plans Division.

    Kidwai, while briefing the meeting regarding Pakistan’s nuclear assets, said: “Doubts regarding the safety of the nuclear facilities are groundless.â€

    He added that an “effective command and control system is in place for the security of the nuclear installations.â€

    The security measures were thoroughly examined during the session, after which the prime minister expressed satisfaction over the close scrutiny under which the assets are being kept.

    The document on US intelligence ‘black budget’ leaked by Snowden claimed that US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper had declined to certify that Pakistan’s nuclear safeguards were enough.

    The US is primarily concerned about the possibility of nuclear facilities being attacked by militants, much like attacks on other security installations, and prospects of extremists having infiltrated military and intelligence ranks.

    Referring to the reported concerns, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif refuted the possibility of any such attacks or prospects.

    “Our nuclear facilities are in safe hands,†the Pakistani prime minister reassured.
     
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    RAWALPINDI: A meeting of the National Command Authority (NCA) was held under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday and attended by all members of the NCA, the Federal Ministers of Finance and Interior, the Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and the Services Chiefs.

    The NCA reaffirmed the centrality of Pakistan’s nuclear programme for the defence of the country. The NCA reposed full confidence in Pakistan’s robust nuclear Command and Control structure and all security controls related to strategic assets of the country. The NCA paid rich tribute to various scientists as well as security and policy level officials and diplomats who are associated with Pakistan’s strategic programme.

    The NCA reviewed developments at the regional level and reiterated that, as a responsible nuclear weapon state, Pakistan would continue to adhere to the policy of Credible Minimum Deterrence, without entering into an arms race with any other country. Pakistan, however, would not remain oblivious to the evolving security dynamics in South Asia and would maintain a full spectrum deterrence capability to deter all forms of aggression.

    The NCA also reviewed the developments at the international level and took note of the discriminatory trends and policies that could have serious implications for Pakistan’s national security and the global non-proliferation regime.

    The NCA reiterated that while maintaining its principled position on various arms control and non-proliferation issues, Pakistan would continue to oppose any arrangement that is detrimental to its security and strategic interests. As for the proposed Fissile Material (Cut-Off) Treaty [FM(C)T], Pakistan’s position will be determined by its national security interests and the objectives of strategic stability in South Asia.

    The meeting underscored Pakistan’s commitment to play its due part as a mainstream partner in the global non-proliferation regime, and renewed Pakistan’s keen interest in joining the multilateral export control regimes on non-discriminatory basis. Pakistan has the requisite credentials for full access to civil nuclear technology for peaceful purposes to meet its growing energy needs for continued economic growth.

    The meeting noted the importance of Pakistan’s positive outreach and enhanced engagement with all the multilateral export control regimes including membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

    The NCA emphasized that Pakistan will continue to participate constructively in the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) process. As a responsible nuclear weapon state with advanced technology and four-decade long experience in safe and secure operation of nuclear power plants,

    Pakistan is ready to share its expertise with other interested states by providing fuel cycle services under IAEA safeguards and by providing training placements at its Centers of Excellence on nuclear security.

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