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Nuclear power plants... By Huma

05 February, 2014

The debate over the Karachi Nuclear Plant has become a subject of controversy in certain small but very vocal quarters. A discussion on the issues was organized by the publishers of a little known monthly Subha Nua in Islamabad recently under the title 'Say No to Nuclear Energy'. During the course of the discussion, speakers drew attention to the safety and security of the Karachi nuclear plant.

I was present during the discussion but the objections raised against the power plant appeared to be speculative, theoretical and not based on relevant information about the plant. I personally feel that the construction of Karachi Nuclear Power Plant is a significant step of the government to address the energy crisis in the country. Instead of making it controversial, the right step would be to bring into focus the positive aspects of the plant. People should be informed about the measures taken by Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) for the safety and security of the plant.

Pakistan has an impeccable record with regard to safety and security of its nuclear installations. A little more transparency by PAEC will go a long way in addressing people's genuine concerns. The organisers of the Islamabad discussion had argued 'Say No to Nuclear Energy' because other states are moving away from nuclear energy. If this is true then why does the International Atomic Energy Authority state that at least 30 other nations are either planning or constructing new nuclear power plants, including Japan?

Huma Rehman

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