The issue of security of nuclear facilities is a very sensitive issue, and countries need to continue to improve their protocols to ensure duping measures are taken to protect the site. There is convincing news that Pakistani atomic facilities are being considered, because recent American research has assessed the country’s protocol as beneficial. According to the Nuclear Threat Initiative, which carried out this research, Pakistan has improved the most in nuclear security and even overall, this country is ahead of India in the ranking. The study said that Pakistan “increased its overall score by adopting new cyber protection and cybersecurity regulations, enhancing measures to protect insider threats and more”. This analysis of independent concerns must rule out allegations of irresponsibility that question the safety protocols of Pakistan’s nuclear program. In addition, on a visit to Karachi in 2018, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said that the metropolis’s nuclear plant was “very protected” and that Pakistan was “committed to nuclear safety”.
While the US body praised Pakistan’s progress in nuclear security, it also sounded a warning about “decreasing levels of improvement in the structure of national regulations and the architecture of global nuclear security”. Basically, the agency is concerned that the geopolitical friction and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic weaken global cooperation in the field of nuclear security. Maybe this should be a moment to reflect on the future of atomic power, both for energy and weapons, for the global community. The risks associated with nuclear energy are far too great, compared to the benefits, and the world must think about switching to safer and more environmentally friendly alternatives. Japan’s 2011 Fukushima disaster serves as a reminder of what can go wrong in even the most protected places in the event of a natural disaster. In addition, when some countries insist on being exclusive members of the nuclear club, this causes other countries – with legitimate security issues – to multiply to protect themselves. Maybe in the best interest of humanity, it would be better to rethink nuclear power.
Published in Dawn, July 25, 2020
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