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Pak seeks parity with India on nuclear issues

Pakistan said it was also entitled for any "concessions and exception" offered to New Delhi.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 19:30 IST

With India and France signing a landmark document on nuclear energy cooperation, Pakistan on Monday demanded parity.

Pakistan said it was also entitled for any "concessions and exception" offered to New Delhi.

"We have not seen the details of agreement. Our stand is that Pakistan and India have the same status. They are nuclear weapons states and not signatories to Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

"We do expect that any concessions and exception granted to India in the context of NSG (Nuclear Suppliers Group) or any other multilateral arrangement will be applicable to Pakistan also," Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said.

She was responding to a question on signing of 'The Declaration on the Development of Nuclear Energy for Peaceful Purposes' between India and France coinciding with French President Jacques Chirac's visit to New Delhi.

Pakistan was willing to submit itself to the necessary conditions if the facility was extended to it, she said.

"Pakistan's civilian nuclear safeguards are under International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards," she said adding Islamabad has also made a legislation controlling the exports of nuclear technology and materials.

"We do hope that if an exception is made, such an exception should be extended to Pakistan as well. We would be willing to accept IAEA safeguards for any civilian nuclear power plant," she said.

Pakistan also wanted the nuclear energy, as it is required for future for fast growth of its economy.