Pak for global acceptance as responsible N-power nation

Last Updated: Monday, April 12, 2010 - 08:56

Washington: Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, who is here to attend the 47-nation Nuclear Security Summit hosted by US President Barack Obama, intends to lobby aggressively for international acceptance of his country as a responsible nuclear power.

The Pakistani leadership very well knows that they will never get a civilian nuclear deal with the US as that of India, but they want to raise this issue at every meeting as part of its policy that Pakistan, because of its questionable track record, should not be bracketed with other rogue nations and nuclear proliferators like Iran and North Korea, diplomatic sources said.

However, given the fact that al Qaeda and Taliban are primarily based in Pakistan, a country which had the AQ Khan network of global nuclear proliferators, it is not going to be that easy for Pakistan, the sources said.

A majority of the nations at the N-Summit still do not have the confidence in the security and safety of the Pakistan`s nuclear arsenal, despite repeated assertion made by Islamabad in this regard, they added.

"Pakistan has taken serious measures to protect the crown jewels of its national security but it lives in a perilous time," argued Bruce Reidel, a former CIA official.

"If there is a nightmare nuclear security scenario in Pakistan today, it is probably an inside family job that ends up in a nuclear Armageddon in India," said Riedal who was one of the key author of the Obama administration`s Af-Pak Policy announced a year ago.

Earlier, Gilani arrived in Washington this afternoon to attend the N-Summit from April 12 to 13.

Soon thereafter, he rushed to have bilateral talks with Obama.

On his way to the United States, Gilani said during his visit to Washington he would emphasise security and stability of Pakistan. He is also expected to discuss economic and security issues at the meeting.

PTI



First Published: Monday, April 12, 2010 - 08:56

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