ISLAMABAD – Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) held a seminar titled “Challenges to Pakistan’s Nuclear Programme & FMCT” says a press release issued here on Saturday.

According to the statement, the speakers in the seminar included Ambassador (Retd) Tariq Osman Hyder, Lieutenant General (Retd) Asad Durrani, former DG ISI and Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal, Associate Professor at Department of International Relations, Quaid-i-Azam University. Under the Chairmanship of Senator Prof. Khurshid Ahmad, the speakers addressed this subject.

Some of the conclusions arrived at during the seminar, according to the press release, are as follows: Pakistan’s nuclear programme is a vital element of Pakistan’s national security.

 Pakistan is a responsible nuclear state with a command, control and security system second to none.

Pakistan participates in many UN, IAEA activities and international initiatives concerned with nuclear safety and security as well as non-proliferation which further demonstrates its commitment and ability. Some critical international perceptions are motivated, while others are due to misperceptions. Through engagement it should be attempted to correct these misperceptions.

The civil power generation nuclear programme, in which all the civil power reactors are under IAEA safeguards, is essential to Pakistan’s energy security as a fossil fuel deficit country dependent on energy imports for its socio-economic development