Islamabad, 6 September 2022 (TDI): Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, Hina Rabbani Khar addressed the inaugural session of the international conference in Islamabad on 5 September 2022.

The international conference was organized by the Strategic Export Control Division (SECDIV) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan and the NUST Institute of Policy Studies (NIPS).

The theme of the conference was “Promoting Trade Controls through International Cooperation”. The conference was held at the NIPS, Islamabad.

The Minister of State noted that Islamabad attempted to join the Nuclear Supplies Group (NSG) six years ago. She stated that Pakistan is confident that it has knowledge, skills, and solid collaboration background.

It would assist the NSG to achieve its non-proliferation objectives. Also, she remarked that the NSG should decide on an empirical qualification for non-NPT state membership that is not discriminatory.

Address by Minister of State

While addressing the inaugural session of the international conference, the Minister of State reiterated that “As a responsible state, with a thriving science and technology landscape and advanced nuclear technology, Pakistan remains fully cognizant of its obligations pertaining to non-proliferation and disarmament.”

“It shares the global concern regarding the threat posed to international peace and security by proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs).”

“Over the years, Pakistan has streamlined and strengthened its export control regime. It is at par with the international export control standards and best practices.”

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“Pakistan is fully committed to its obligations as a state party to various international instruments including the Chemical Weapons Convention, Biological Weapons Convention, Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material & Facilities, Nuclear Safety conventions & the IAEA Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources.“

“Pakistan desires to explore opportunities for collaboration across the entire spectrum of international trade of dual-use goods and sensitive technologies.”

Lastly, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs hoped that “the conference will deliberate on existing as well as emerging challenges in strategic trade controls.”