Pak in illicit nuclear trafficking activities?
A think-tank has asked US to stop Pak`s illicit N-trafficking activities.
Washington: Alleging that Pakistan remains
an active procurer of nuclear dual-use goods and utilises
highly sophisticated networks to obtain what it needs, a
leading US think-tank has asked the Obama Administration to
stop Islamabad`s illicit nuclear trafficking activities.
Referring to the chargesheet against a Pakistani man
living in Maryland for illegally buying US goods with nuclear
dual-use applications between 2005 and 2010 and sending them
to Pakistan, Washington-based Institute for Science and
International Security said this highlights the need to
improve US government/industry cooperation and information
sharing to detect illicit procurement networks.
The two Pakistani entities which received goods
through this alleged illicit procurement operation were the
Chashma nuclear power plant (CNPP) and the Space and Upper
Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO).
"This cooperation should encourage more corporate
diligence about checking the bona fides of a customer and
include the US government sharing more information about
current illicit procurement schemes," said David Albright and
Andrea Stricker in a statement.
"It also shows that Pakistan remains an active
procurer of nuclear dual-use goods and utilizes highly
sophisticated networks to obtain what it needs. As an ally,
the United States should insist that Pakistan stop its illicit
nuclear trafficking activities and prove it is truly committed
to global non-proliferation norms and laws," the two leading
American scholar said.
The indictment alleges that Nadeem Akhtar, a Pakistani
national, conspired with others to illegally export restricted
goods and technology to Pakistan without the necessary
licenses, specifically radiation detection devices, resins for
coolant water purification, calibration and switching
equipment and surface refinishing abrasives.
The indictment alleges that Akhtar attempted to
conceal the ultimate end-use and/or end-users of the
commodities that he sought to purchase and export, and their
true value by causing false, misleading and incomplete
information to be placed on documents such as invoices,
purchase orders, air bills and end-user statements.
The indictment also alleges that Akhtar transported
funds to carry out this illegal activity.
"Pakistan publicly claims to be a responsible nuclear
nation and says it wants a civilian nuclear trade deal as a
result. Yet, its illicit nuclear procurement efforts remain
steadfast and belie its claims of acting like a responsible
nation," the think-tank said.