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National Command Authority satisfied over strategic deterrence

Written by: Staff

Islamabad, Apr 13 (UNI) Pakistan's National Command Authority (NCA) met here and expressed satisfaction over the current state of the country's strategic deterrence.

Held at the Strategic Plans Division here yesterday, the meeting was chaired by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and attended by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, Ministers for Defence and Foreign Affairs, Chairman Joint Chiefs of the Staff Committee, Services Chiefs, Senior Scientists and officials.

The NCA assessed that the country's strategic capability is sufficient to meet the current and future challenges.

It, however, noted with concern the implications of the Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement on strategic stability in South Asia.

''In view of the fact that the Agreement would enable India to produce significant quantities of fissile material and nuclear weapons from un-safeguarded nuclear reactors, the NCA expressed firm resolve that Pakistan's credible minimum deterrence requirements will be met,'' an official statement issued after the meeting said.

The NCA noted with satisfaction the expanded Pak-US framework of cooperation in diverse fields and deeper strategic relationship agreed during US President George W Bush's visit and directed that follow-up action for its consolidation should be expedited.

It stressed that the energy needs of Pakistan, which include nuclear power generation, require international cooperation. This energy is required to meet the country's growing developmental needs and address environmental concerns.

''Pakistan is determined to pursue this legitimate requirement under IAEA safeguards with the members of Nuclear Suppliers Group including United States of America,'' the statement said.


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