Pakistan Observer

Civil nuclear technology from US sought

Salim Ahmed

Friday, August 10, 2012 - Lahore—The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry Thursday urged the government to press upon the United States to provide civil nuclear technology to help Pakistan overcome ongoing electricity crisis.

The LCCI President Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said that the United States should provide civil nuclear technology to Pakistan as it has given to the neighboring India.

He said that the US decision to provide civil nuclear technology to Pakistafn would not only strengthen relations between the two countries but would also cement their economic ties as non-discriminatory access to civil nuclear technology will help meet the country’s exponentially growing energy needs.

“Pakistan has more than 35 years of experience in running nuclear power plants. With trained professional manpower and a strong nuclear safety and security culture, Pakistan fully qualifies for participation in civil nuclear cooperation at the international level,” the LCCI President said.

“We ask government to urge all relevant forums to give Pakistan access to nuclear technology for peaceful uses, in a non-discriminatory manner, to meet its growing demand for energy.”

He said that Pakistan had badly been affected by energy crisis. On the one hand the severe shortage of gas and on the other the problem of the power generation is itself a big question mark for all of us. But ironically no attention is being focused on generating Hydle power in the country.

The LCCI President said that increase in the consumption has further aggravated the whole situation that has resulted in surge in unemployment graph and contraction in industrial productivity.

Irfan Qaiser Sheikh said that although Pakistan has a big source of coal and there is a big reservoir of it in Thar but due to one reason or the other no benefits could be derived from it. Contracts were signed with different companies but could not be put into practice. Again the work on the same project is continuing but reportedly the financial shortage is also a big hurdle in implementing it in letter and spirit. And there is only one way to get out of this alarming situation. That is to seek civil nuclear technology from the United States to meet energy needs and demands in the country, the LCCI President concluded.

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