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Seoul Summit: Pak efforts to promote nuclear security praised

26 March, 2012

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SEOUL: (South Korea): For the first time in the recent history of international gatherings pertaining to the nuclear issue, Pakistan hasn't been referred to in bad light but instead its efforts for the promotion of security of nuclear facilities have been eulogized broadly.

The second Nuclear Security Summit with participation of 58 states is underway in the capital city of South Korea and interestingly nuclear activities of North Korea and Iran aren't part of the agenda of the summit but most of the criticism is coming for the programme of the two countries.

Pakistan is being represented by Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani who has made it emphatically clear that Islamabad doesn't believe in use of coercive methods in the case of Iran's nuclear programme. It should be settled through negotiations, he has said. In an interview on the fringes of the summit Prime Minister Gilani vehemently opposed to the nuclear proliferation.

Pakistan's ambassador in Washington Ms. Sherry Rehman who is accompanying the prime minister has been contributing in great deal for putting up Pakistan's case in the international gathering. She is very ably assisting the prime minister in the endeavour. Foreign Minister Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, additional foreign secretary Munawar Saeed Bhatti and some other officials are also busy in projecting Pakistan's case.

The opening day of the summit (Monday) witnessed thirteen interventions by the invited countries including Israel. The position Israel has taken in dealing with the threats to the nuclear facilities is close to the position Pakistan has been following.

South Africa is the only country that has voiced for the Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty (FMCT). South African President impressed upon the world leaders to enhance the following of the treaty and process of dialogue on the subject must be commenced forthwith. The question of FMCT isn't popular with Pakistan either. Interestingly it could not attract support from the influential capitals. The role Pakistan has played during its chairmanship of the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) been widely appreciated as Islamabad availed the opportunity to showcase its contribution for the cause of making the nuclear facilities safe and secure.

India hasn't come up with its position regarding the ongoing discussions but the possibility cannot be ruled out that it could come out with an aggressive posture since fingers are being raised about its own at least eight facilities which are not within the scope of the IAEA and the United States has turned its blind eye toward it. Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is likely to avail the opportunity today (Tuesday) for intervention.

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