ISLAMABAD - Pakistans cherished goal of inking civilian nuclear energy deal is not likely to be achieved by December 2009, a deadline set for the purpose, because of the delay in the appointment of new Pakistani envoy to Paris. Another major reason causing delay in the signing of crucial Pak-France nuclear deal for peaceful purposes is the 'unnecessary excitement showed by some among the Pakistani ruling circles in response to positive indications from Paris reflecting its willingness for atomic energy cooperation with Islamabad. It was during the last visit of President Asif Ali Zardari early this year to France that Islamabad and Paris decided in principle to go for the nuclear energy cooperation accord for peaceful purposes. The two sides also agreed in Paris to initiate the talks on bilateral nuclear deal during the current month of July. And it was during the same visit that Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi shared the information on nuclear deal with the media, something that the French authorities believed was unnecessary because of the sensitivities related to the vital issue, said a diplomatic source here on Friday desiring not to be named. He said that the Pakistani foreign office also announced later that the French President Nicholas Sarkozy, who will visit Pakistan in December this year, was most likely to ink the nuclear pact with Pakistan. Contrary to Pakistans reaction on strong prospects of nuclear deal with France, the French authorities are against creating hype in the media on the important matter, the source said. The controversy surrounding the appointment of new Pakistani envoy to Paris has also cast negative impact on the likely nuclear deal between Islamabad and Paris, according to the source. The government of Pakistan has sent the documents of a Grade-20 DMG officer, Jehanzeb Khan, currently serving as Secretary Livestock and Dairy Development, Punjab, as ambassador to France. However, most of the officials at the Foreign Ministry are against Khans appointment and they want the govt to reverse the decision. The source said that because of that controversy, the appointment of Khan and for that the approval of French government was getting delayed and hence no formation of a Pakistani delegation so far to hold talks with Paris on the nuclear deal. There is no likelihood that initial talks on nuclear deal will start this month as was decided by the two sides and it will take some time before they sit across the table to move forward on the important issue, he added. A senior official here when contacted confirmed that there had been delay in the start of talks on Pak-France nuclear deal but he hastened to add that both the sides would try their best to meet the deadline of December 2009 and get the agreement ready for signatures by the French President and his Pakistani counterpart.