Pak Affairs

Pakistan to continue with policy of CMD – NCA

ISLAMABAD: After through  consideration and evaluation, the National Command Authority, inter alia, decided that Pakistan will continue to pursue its policy of Credible Minimum Deterrence as a responsible nuclear weapons state.

The decision to this effect was taken by the National Command Authority (NCA) which met here on Thursday under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani. Members of the NCA including Federal Ministers, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Services Chiefs, Secretary NCA DG SPD, and other senior officials attended the meeting.

According to a press release issued here by NCA, the Authority comprehensively reviewed developments in the regional and global security environment.

The NCA also undertook detailed appraisal of the international and regional trends,  policies and their implications for Pakistan. The NCA expressed satisfaction at the security and safety of Pakistan’s strategic programs and facilities.

It also expressed confidence in the operational readiness of Pakistan’s strategic weapons. The NCA expressed concern over the continued pursuit of policies that detract from the globally shared norms and rules of equality, inclusiveness and objectivity.

The NCA cautioned that such policies represent regression in the non-proliferation regime and tend to erode the strategic balance in South Asia. Pakistan would continue to take appropriate counter measures to ensure its security and to maintain regional stability.

The National Command Authority reiterated Pakistan’s desire to constructively contribute to the realization of a world free of nuclear weapons and to the goals of non-proliferation on the basis of equality and partnership with the international community.

Accordingly, Pakistan was keen to join the four export control arrangements. The NCA reaffirmed the importance of nuclear safety. In this regard, it noted with satisfaction the safety review of all the existing and planned civil nuclear facilities by the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA).

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Saleem Shaikh

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