Pakistan has rebuffed the reports carried by a section of Indian media claiming "seizure of possible radioactive material" on shipping containers of a commercial vessel loaded from Karachi port.
“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,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmed said in a statement on Saturday.
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.
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Both K-2 and K-3 nuclear power plants and fuel used in these plants are under the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards, the statement further added.
The FO communiqué said the cargo was correctly declared non-hazardous in the shipping documents.
The reporting by the Indian media about "seizure of possible radioactive material" is factually incorrect, baseless, laughable and a usual ploy of the Indian media to malign Pakistan and mislead the international community, the spokesperson maintained.
“The fake reporting by Indian media is indicative of malafide intent to twist procedural customs issues to bring into disrepute IAEA safeguarded nuclear power programme.”