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Pakistan rubbishes Indian media reports claiming ‘seizure of radioactive material’

Shanghai-bound vessel was containing empty containers: FO. (Source: APP)

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday rejected Indian media reports claiming “seizure of possible radioactive material” on shipping containers aboard a commercial vessel loaded at Karachi Port.

According to details, Indian media had claimed that country’s port authorities at the Mundra Port had seized the so-called “radioactive material” on containers loaded on a Shanghai-bound commercial vessel.

“We have noted the reports in the Indian media about seizure of possible radioactive material by Indian port authorities at the Mundra Port on containers loaded on a Shanghai bound commercial vessel from Karachi Port,” FO Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmed said in a statement.

In this regard, the Karachi nuclear power plant authorities have informed that these were “empty containers” being returned to China which were earlier used for the transportation of fuel from China to Karachi for K-2 and K-3 nuclear power plants, he explained.

The FO spokesman further said that both the power plants and fuel used in these plants are under the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards. “The containers were ’empty’ and the cargo was correctly declared as non-hazardous in the shipping documents,” he underscored.

The statement noted that the reporting by the Indian media on the matter is “factually incorrect, baseless, laughable and a usual ploy of the Indian media to malign Pakistan and mislead the international community”.

“The fake reporting by Indian media is indicative of a malafide intent to twist procedural customs issues to bring into disrepute IAEA safeguarded nuclear power programme,” the spokesperson concluded.

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