Pakistan - IAEA to enhance vital cooperation in nuclear field


*ISLAMABAD: *Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday said that with extensive experience and expertise in the nuclear field, Pakistan is well placed as a services-provider in various programmes and activities of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

He was talking to Director General IAEA Yukiya Amano who is in Pakistan on a three-day official visit

Issues related to cooperation between Pakistan and IAEA were discussed during the meeting. The PM appreciated the positive role played by the IAEA in the promotion of peaceful uses of nuclear technology in Pakistan.

During his stay, the IAEA Director is scheduled to visit various centres of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) in Islamabad, Faisalabad and Karachi.

“As a founding member of IAEA , Pakistan maintains deep cooperation with IAEA in areas of nuclear power, industrial application of nuclear techniques, non-destructive testing, food and agriculture, soil improvement, radiation-induced mutation, radiation oncology and nuclear medicines, environmental protection and isotope hydrology,” said a press release.

Widely known as the world’s “nuclear watchdog” organisation within the United Nations (UN) family, the IAEA is the international centre for cooperation in the nuclear field. It works with its member states and multiple partners worldwide to promote the peaceful use of nuclear technology.

Official visit of the IAEA chief is of key national interest for Pakistan as many new vistas of cooperation between IAEA and Pakistan would be explored during the visit.

This would be the second visit of Yukiya Amano to Pakistan, earlier he visited Pakistan from 10 to 12 March in 2014.