Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Tehmina Janjua, said at the first UN committee that full access to civilian nuclear technology was necessary to meet the country’s growing energy needs and its economic growth.
She said Pakistan was a responsible nuclear power and its nuclear policy was shaped by evolving security dynamics of South Asia.
Ms Janjua reiterated that the Conference on Disarmament (CD) should not be made hostage to one issue and “we should devote equal if not greater attention to the commencement of negotiations on other issues on the conference’s agenda, including Nuclear Disarmament and the Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space.
Calling for credible disarmament steps by the nuclear-weapon states within a reasonable timeframe would “revalidate the bargain” on disarmament and non-proliferation and restore a genuine balance between them.
Asserting that Pakistan’s strategic programme was security driven, and not status driven, she said Pakistan had acquired nuclear weapons only after nuclear proliferation had occurred in South Asia. The sole purpose of its nuclear capability was to deter all forms of external aggression.
“Pakistan, along with a vast majority of UN member states, believes that the issue of negative security assurances is ripe for negotiations at the CD and will contribute to easing of current strains on the wider disarmament and non-proliferation agenda,” Ms Janjua said.
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