Practice Relating to Nuclear Weapons
Pakistan’s Export Control Act (2004) states:
2. Definitions. – In this Act unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context. –
(i) “nuclear weapon” means any weapon designed to kill or cause destruction or harm [to] people on a large scale through the effects of a nuclear explosion;
4. Control Lists
(4) The Federal Government shall control export, re-export, transhipment, transit of goods, technologies, material and equipment, subject to the provisions of this Act, which may contribute to the designing, development, production, stockpiling, maintenance or use of nuclear and biological weapons and their delivery systems.
(3) An exporter is under legal obligation to notify to the competent authority if the exporter is aware or suspects that the goods or technology are intended, in their entirety or in part, in connection with nuclear or biological weapons or missiles capable of delivering such weapons.
In 1996, during a debate in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, Pakistan stated:
Pakistan is aware of the need for restraint and responsibility in the production and trade of all armaments, conventional and non-conventional. We are prepared to work for internationally negotiated regimes in sensitive areas. … The post-cold-war period has created a historic window of opportunity to realize the goal of ridding the world of nuclear weapons. Nuclear Powers are no longer locked in a strategic contest. They do not need nuclear weapons against each other and they certainly do not need them against non-nuclear States. If this opportunity to realize nuclear disarmament is not seized, it may not return. Great Power rivalries may revive. A multipolar nuclear world could multiply the dangers of deliberate or accidental use of nuclear weapons.
In 1996, during a debate in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, the representative of Pakistan stated:
In the informal discussions that we have held on the subject of nuclear disarmament, my delegation has noted with satisfaction that the nuclear-weapon States have confirmed that they too are committed to the ultimate goal of the elimination of nuclear weapons. That being so, we believe that agreement can be achieved on a course of action to promote negotiations on nuclear disarmament, especially in the Conference on Disarmament.