Pakistan keen to have civilian nuclear deal: GilaniOctober 2nd, 2008 - 2:57 pm ICT by IANS
Islamabad, Oct 2 (Xinhua) Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said Thursday his country is keen to have a deal similar to the India-US nuclear accord. Pakistan has right to civilian use of nuclear power, Dawn News channel quoted Gilani as saying at a press conference in the central city of Multan.
Gilani’s remarks came a day after the US senate approved a deal to end the three-decade ban on nuclear trade with India.
The legislation, which was approved by 86-13 votes, is now sent to President George W. Bush for signing into a law.
The House of Representatives has already approved the deal.
The deal, considered a key part of Bush’s foreign policy legacy, was a step the Bush administration believes will secure a strategic partnership with India.