Incidents of illicit sale of Uranium in India matter of deep concern: FO

FO appreciates US Govt's provision of Covid essential supplies to Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan on Friday describing the reports of yet another incident of attempted illegal sale of Uranium in India as a “matter of deep concern”, reiterated its call for thorough investigation of such incidents and measures for strengthening the security of nuclear materials to prevent their diversion.

“We have seen the reports about yet another incident of attempted illegal sale of 6 kg of Uranium in India. Similar incident involving 7 kg of Uranium in the Indian state of Maharashtra last month and other such reports in the past are a matter of deep concern as they point to lax controls, poor regulatory and enforcement mechanisms, as well as possible existence of a black market for nuclear materials inside India,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri stated while responding to media queries on the subject.

He pointed to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) which made it binding on states to ensure stringent measures to prevent nuclear material from falling into wrong hands.

“It is equally important to ascertain the intent and ultimate use of the attempted Uranium sale given its relevance to international peace and security as well as the sanctity of global non-proliferation regime,” the Spokesperson maintained.

Foreign Office has appreciated the US government’s provision of essential supplies including 685,000 KN-95 masks, fifty thousand protective goggles, two hundred and fifty thousand diagnostic Kits and one thousand Pulse Oximeters to Pakistan.

It is noted that Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri said earlier the US government had also provided two hundred ventilators to Pakistan for Covid-19 patients.

The spokesperson said this timely gesture is part of the continued assistance that the US has provided to Pakistan to support our Covid relief and prevention efforts.

On the other hand, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said Pakistan desires peace and stability in the region.

In a statement on Friday, he said Pakistan has played positive and constructive role in the Afghan peace process but the irresponsible statements of Afghan security adviser are really regrettable which only serve the interests of spoilers.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said he has invited his Afghan counterpart to visit Pakistan in order to hold discussion on the Afghan peace process and the future strategy.

He said Pakistan is focusing on economic diplomacy to address the challenges of poverty, inflation and unemployment. He said we need to focus on economic integration, investment, and trade and job creation. He said geo-economics is the foremost priority of our foreign policy  as per the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

 

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