Mechanisms in place to prevent spread of WMD: Pak
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 18:41
Islamabad: Pakistan on Tuesday said it has put in place wide-ranging "national legislative and regulatory instruments" as well as administrative mechanisms to prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction to states or non-state actors.

Pakistan is "fully implementing effective export controls" in line with its international obligations as a nuclear power and a responsible member of the comity of nations, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Malik Amad Khan said.

"Wide-ranging national legislative and regulatory instruments and administrative mechanisms have been put in place to prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery to states or non-state actors," Khan said in his keynote address at a seminar on export controls in the Foreign Ministry.

The regulatory mechanisms establish an "extensive framework for controls over transfers of related technology and dual-use commodities," he said.

Khan said that all relevant organisations, industry and stakeholders should cooperate for the foolproof implementation of export controls.

The Strategic Export Control Division, a wing of the Foreign Ministry that administers the Export Control Act, organised the seminar to create awareness about export controls. Representatives of ministries, departments and research organisations attended the event.

The Export Control Act was enacted in 2004 and Control Lists were notified in 2005.

The Strategic Export Control Division was established in the Foreign Ministry in 2007. The Division acts as a licensing authority for export of sensitive dual-use goods and technologies for peaceful applications.

The Export Control Act provides for penalties for any person who contravenes its provisions.


First Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 18:41

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