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
"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.


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

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