Pakistan commits to keeping WMDs from terrorists

Pakistan recently told the U.N. Security Council that it has enacted an export control regime to prevent non-state actors from acquiring WMDs.

Masood Khan, the permanent representative of Pakistan to the U.N. in New York, made the statement during a special meeting held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Security Council resolution 1540. The resolution calls for the use of effective measures to prevent and halt proliferation of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons to non-state actors, the News International reports.

"The possibility of non-state actors acquiring or using WMDs is a shared concern," Khan said, according to the News International.

Khan said the administrative, regulatory, legislative and enforcement measures of Pakistan's export control regime were on par with standards followed by the Missile Technology Control Regime, the Nuclear Suppliers Group and the Australia Group, which are bodies dedicated to reducing nuclear proliferation.

Another measure implemented by Islamabad is the use of detection devices at entry and exit points and random checkpoints to deter, detect and prevent the illicit trafficking of radioactive and nuclear materials. The country also set up a center of excellence to conduct specialized courses in physical protection, material control, personnel reliability and transport security.

Khan said the Parliament of Pakistan was considering a bill to ensure the country met its obligations under resolution 1540. Pakistan was a party to the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism. The country froze hundreds of suspicious bank accounts through the convention, the News International reports.