Pakistan seeks international cooperation for nuclear energy: FO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan said Thursday that it seeks cooperation of the international community including the United States on civil nuclear energy, hence there should be a non-discriminatory approach on nuclear issues — including Pakistan’s access to peaceful use of nuclear energy.Pakistan is generating nuclear energy to meet its energy demands, Foreign Office spokesman Qazi Khalilullah said during a weekly news briefing in Islamabad, reported Radio Pakistan.

A report published in The Washington Post on Wednesday suggested that the US is exploring on option that could pave the way for a civil nuclear deal with Pakistan like the one concluded with India in 2005.Khalilullah said Pakistan is ready for talks with India but its pre-conditions are not acceptable.”We have insisted for negotiations on all issues including the core dispute of Jammu and Kashmir,” the spokesman said, adding that Pakistan has never shied away from talks with New Delhi.Khalilullah maintained that the four-point initiative presented by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) last month is the way forward for reducing tensions and the resolution of outstanding disputes between Pakistan and India.Responding to a question, Khalilullah said the purpose of handing over dossiers to the UN Secretary General was to inform him about the Indian involvement in fomenting terrorism in Pakistan. He said that Pakistan will continue to inform UN about its concerns in this regard in future as well.

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