Pakistan keen to have civilian nuclear deal: Gilani

October 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.

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