LAHORE President Federal Council of Minhaj-ul-Quran International Hussain Mohi-ud-Din Qadri has termed the Chinese extension of nuclear cooperation with Pakistan as 'a step in the right direction. In a press release issued here on Sunday, he said Pakistan had a rightful claim to civil nuclear deal to meet its fast growing energy demands. It is the right of every country to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purpose under the provisions of Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), he observed, while demanding of the NSG and IAEA to democratise their processes and end the policy of discrimination in that regard. Pakistans nuclear programme enjoys international credibility. There is a multilayered control and command structure, he said. He deemed that the Indo-US nuclear deal could trigger arms race in South Asia and India was given a waiver from the conditionalities of the NSG, which was discriminatory. He termed the US criticism on Pakistans cooperation with China in the area of nuclear energy as misplaced. Appreciating the Chinese stance on extending nuclear deal to Pakistan, he said that the US, being a strategic ally of Islamabad, should take concrete steps towards easing energy crisis and civil nuclear deal with Pakistan on the pattern of Indo-US nuclear engagement was the best route to take.