Pak-French Nuclear Cooperation was greatly favored by a top French think tank, The French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs, (IRIS). The think tank was in complete support of Pak-French nuclear cooperation on a civil level, based on the same pattern as US-Indian civil nuclear agreement. Dr. Pascal Boniface, founding Director of IRIS, said that Pakistan, with a population of 200 million people, equipped with nuclear weapons, has a pivotal role in the most strategic part of the world. Given what the think tank has determined, Pak-French nuclear cooperation would actually be spectacular for Pakistan; an ‘ally’ of sorts in Europe, and we all know how Europe works.
While delivering a guest lecture at Pakistan-China Institute, Dr. Boniface condemned the Iraq war and considered it destabilizing for the Arabs. He was also quite welcome of the Iran Nuclear Deal and termed it a rare defeat for the Israeli and / or pro-Israeli lobby in the United States of America. During the lecture where Pak-France nuclear cooperation was being discussed, a number of notable personalities were present, including the Ambassador of France, HE MRs. Martine Dorance, and Ambassador of Belgium, HE Verheyden etc. Notable scholars from Pakistan and heads of other foreign thing tanks also attended the lecture. While talking about the Pak-France nuclear cooperation, Senator Mushahid Hussain, Chairman of the Senate of Defense Committee, said that countries like China and France, allied with Pakistan, would be key players in the multipolar world that is to emerge in the future. France is the largest country in Europe and the bulk of its energy comes from nuclear resources.
Pak-France nuclear cooperation on a civil scale, where nuclear energy can be used peacefully, will be a major breakthrough. More than that, it will help Pakistan develop their own resources, and provide energy for themselves. The way we see it, there is absolutely nothing wrong with putting nuclear energy to good use. Pakistan is in the process of developing of nuclear power plants of their own, and in light of that, it is perhaps the best time when foreign cooperation can be put to good use.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.