Pakistan rejects Afghan claim on nuclear waste

April 2nd, 2008 - 9:12 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, April 2 (Xinhua) Pakistan Wednesday termed as baseless a statement by an Afghan cabinet minister that Pakistan had dumped nuclear waste in southern Afghanistan during Taliban period. Afghanistan Parliamentary Affairs Minister Farooq Wardag was quoted as saying that Pakistan had buried nuclear waste in Kandahar and Helmand areas during the Taliban ruling.

“The Afghan minister’s statement regarding dumping of nuclear waste by Pakistan in Afghanistan was baseless,” Pakistan’s foreign ministry spokesman Muhammad Sadiq said at the weekly news briefing here.

He said disposal of nuclear waste was strictly regulated in accordance with the international standards.

“Our nuclear power stations are under International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards which not only keeps an oversight on their operations but also on storage of nuclear waste which has to be fully accounted for,” Sadiq said.

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