Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf Thursday promulgated the National Command Authority Ordinance (NCAO) that establishes his authority and command and control over the nuclear technologies and facilities.
It is necessary and expedient to establish an Authority for Complete command and control over research, development, production and use of nuclear and space technologies and other related applications in various fields and to provide for the safety and security of all personnel, facilities, information, installations or organizations, said the promulgated ordinance.
The NCAO came two days before the President is expected to lift his proclaimed state of emergency from the country. It also comes as the US has voiced concerns over the security of Pakistans nuclear facility.
It said that the President renders it necessary to take immediate action to promulgate the ordinance that designates the President of Pakistan as the Chairman of the Authority and Prime Minister the Vice-Chairman.
The National Command Authority, said the text of the ordinance, shall have the powers to exercise complete command and control over all nuclear and space related technologies, systems and matters and authorize undertaking of specialized scientific and technological work.
It has also been authorized to take measures regarding employees in respect of their movement, communication, privacy, assembly or association, in the public interest or in the interest of integrity, security or defence of Pakistan or friendly relations with foreign states and public order.
It may be mentioned here that the founder Pakistans nuclear weapon, Dr. A. Q. Khan, has been under house arrest since he confessed of transferring nuclear technology to North Korea, Libya and Iran.
Though, Islamabad has shared all the interrogation information, but the US has been repeatedly asking for access to Dr. Khan.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Aralık 2007, 11:02