Pakistan considers nuclear security as a national responsibility and accords it the highest priority in its national construct. It has established a purpose-raised standalone, specially trained, and equipped nuclear security force with land, air and seaborne component. This was stated by Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), Muhammad Naeem, who is heading Pakistani delegation at the 61st Annual General Conference of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria on Wednesday.
Pakistan’s commitment to ensure transparent and safe operation of nuclear facilities is endorsed with the fact that it set up Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA), in 2001 as an autonomous body endowed with complete independence from the operators with its regulations based on the IAEA safety standards, Chairman PAEC said. Moreover, Pakistan’s Centre of Excellence for Nuclear Security (PCENS) has been fully operationalized and PCENS and IAEA collaboration has also increased over the years. National Institute of Safety and Security (NISAS) and Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) are also rendering valuable contributions in training and education in various related disciplines at both national and international levels, he added.