Civil nuclear technology may be extended to Pakistan: PM

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Sunday said Pakistan wants civil nuclear technology to meet its energy requirements. The Prime Minister was talking to media men at Chaklala airbase before departing for a four-day visit to Seoul, South Korea to attend second Nuclear Security Summit on 26-27 March. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Pakistan’s ambassador to United States, Sherry Rehman are accompanying the PM. The Prime Minister said, “Civil nuclear technology has been our requirement and we have been demanding it.” He said the nuclear technology was important for Pakistan to maintain balance with India and to promote regional stability. “If we do not have balance with India, then there will be lack of stability in the region,” he added. Gilani said the Nuclear Security Summit will be follow-up of the first summit held in Washington in 2010. He said during the Nuclear Security Summit, he will exchange views with world leaders and the talks will focus on strengthening security of nuclear assets. He said Pakistan has 40 years experience of using nuclear technology and it has an effective command and control system for the safety of nuclear assets. “This security system is beyond doubt and well protected.” On the sidelines of the Summit, Yusuf Raza Gilani said he will meet with United States President Barack Obama and discuss the situation in Afghanistan.