Sharif Uses Nuclear Technology Against Energy Crisis

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan said this Tuesday that Pakistan was bent on actively expanding its power production potential by utilizing its nuclear technology to address the country’s severe energy crisis. Talking to the Director General International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiyo Amino at the PM House today, the Prime Minister said Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) was helping the country to meet its power requirements.

He further added that Pakistan with the help of IAEA was making use of the nuclear technology in many areas including the power production, agriculture, medicine, food preservation and the water management system for the benefit of the people of Pakistan. Prime Minister also said that Pakistan has very close cooperation with the IAEA since year 1957, under the `Atoms for Peace’ initiative and the country highly values this cooperation for peaceful uses of nuclear technology. Nawaz said “All our current nuclear power plants as well as research reactors are under IAEA safeguards and all obligations are being fulfilled adequately.”

Prime Minister appreciated the positive role played by the Agency in the development of peaceful use of nuclear technology in Pakistan, for human resource development in various scientific disciplines and establishment of R&D facilities at different centers in the country. He said PAEC has benefited significantly from IAEA’s program on Cancer Therapy and Control in member states. Every year, a large number of its scientists and engineers benefit from IAEA sponsored activities and share their knowledge and experience in specific fields while Pakistani experts render valuable services to other IAEA Member States.

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