Pakistan Foreign Ministry News

N-technology never passed on to other countries: Zaki

 WASHINGTON: Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Akram Zaki has said that Pakistan would not transfer its nuclear technology to another country."Pakistan has never passed on its sensitive technology and information to other countries in the past," Zaki told the Middle East Institute in his address. He said that Pakistan was preparing legislation aimed at further tightening the existing export controls.

Answering a question about Iran's interest in nuclear weapons, Senator Zaki said that  Pakistan was neither privy, nor party to Iran's interest in the nuclear field. Zaki, who visited Washington to meet US legislators, cautioned the US decision-makers against the dangerous implications of Indian unfettered nuclear ambitions, manifested in nuclear doctrine.

 He said that the unresolved Kashmir dispute, nuclearisation of South Asia and the Indian plans to accelerate nuclear weaponisation and deployment, posed a serious threat to peace and security in the region. India, he said, was a willful proliferator of the weapons of  mass destruction and a violator of international norms on non-proliferation.

 Pakistan on the other hand, had acted responsibly by not conducting its tests in 1984-85 and by proposing nuclear restrains after the May 1998 tests. Senator Zaki called on the United States and the international community to restrain India from following the path of  nuclear escalation.

 Noting positive developments in the Middle East peace process, he said that the United States with its unique position of military and economic pre-eminence should turn its attention to the resolution of the Kashmir dispute. Kashmiris have been suffering under Indian occupation for the last 52 years. The United States should facilitate a process, whereby peace and security prevail in the region, and Kashmiris get justice, he said. Senator Zaki added that Pakistan has been asking for ascertaining the wishes of the Kashmiris in accordance with the UN resolutions.

21 September 1999