WASHINGTON: Pakistan s Ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani today said that Pakistan is playing a leading role in global nuclear safety and security regime.

Speaking ahead of the Nuclear Security Summit, the ambassador said that measures taken by the government to build capacity in nuclear security have been acknowledged by the United States.

He said as a responsible nuclear state, Pakistan has contributed meaningfully towards the global nuclear security and nuclear non-proliferation measures.

To a question, Pakistan will submit its national progress statement on nuclear security that will illustrate the measures that Pakistan has put in place to maintain high standards of nuclear safety and security.

The fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit is being held in Washington today.

In view of the terrorist attack in Lahore, which took a heavy toll on the lives of innocent citizens of Pakistan and caused injuries to scores of people, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif decided to cancel his visit to Washington to attend the Nuclear Security Summit.

The Pakistani delegation will now be led by the Minister of State and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Syed Tariq Fatemi.

Pakistan has actively participated in the NSS process and has developed a robust Command and Control System and multi-layered security of its nuclear program. Pakistan cooperates closely with IAEA.

The delegates will discuss cooperation in the protection of nuclear material and to take appropriate steps to protect nuclear material in international transit.

Pakistan has already ratified the 2005 Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material.