Pakistan’s nuclear policy was based on pillars of restraint and responsibility and is exclusively geared towards maintaining strategic stability in South Asia, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has said.

During a meeting with Austrian counterpart Secretary General Dr Michael Linhart in Vienna, Aizaz said Pakistan has taken extensive measures in the areas of nuclear safety and security, export controls and command and control.

He said that his country’s nuclear policy was based on "pillars of restraint and responsibility and is exclusively geared towards maintaining strategic stability in South Asia".

Radio Pakistan reported that Aizaz also met Director General International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano and told him that Pakistan accords the highest importance to nuclear safety and security and is fully meeting its obligations in this regard.

The Foreign Secretary also appreciated IAEA’s unique role in promoting the peaceful uses of nuclear technology through its Technical Cooperation Programme.