ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Tuesday said Pakistan was actively expanding its power production potential by utilising nuclear technology to address country’s severe energy crisis.
Talking to Director General International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiyo Amino here at the PM House, the Prime Minister said Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) was helping the country to meet its power requirements.
He said Pakistan with the help of IAEA was making use of nuclear technology in several areas including power production, medicine, agriculture, food preservation and water management for the benefit of its people.
Prime Minister said Pakistan has very close cooperation with IAEA since 1957, under the `Atoms for Peace’ initiative and said the country values this cooperation for peaceful uses of nuclear technology.
Nawaz said Pakistan was a committed nuclear non- proliferation state and added “all our current nuclear power plants as well as research reactors are under IAEA safeguards and all obligations are being fulfilled adequately.”
Prime Minister appreciated the positive role played by the Agency in the development of peaceful use of nuclear technology in Pakistan, for human resource development in various scientific disciplines and establishment of R&D facilities at different centers in the country.
He said PAEC has benefited significantly from IAEA’s program on Cancer Therapy and Control in member states. Every year, a large number of its scientists and engineers benefit from IAEA sponsored activities and share their knowledge and experience in specific fields while Pakistani experts render valuable services to other IAEA Member States.
He said the government of Pakistan values its relationship with IAEA and said this cooperation shall be strengthened in the time ahead.
DG IAEA appreciated Pakistan’s commitment to use of nuclear energy for benefit of its people and extended his support for the cause.