After India, Pak in line for Australian uranium

Written by Agencies | Melbourne, July 27: | Updated: Jul 27 2007, 15:37pm hrs
Pakistan wants Australia to include it in the uranium export deal in case Canberra considers selling the yellow cake to India, a media report in Melbourne said.

"Pakistan should be considered alongside India when countries who are working in this region (sic), they have to keep the balance of power in this region," Pakistan Minister for Religious Affairs Ejaz ul-Haq was quoted as saying by ABC news.

"Pakistan's nuclear programme is totally peaceful. If we are going to go further nuclear, it is going to be for energy, because we are suffering from power shortages," ul-Haq said, adding that the nuclear fuel-supply was a diplomatic issue.

Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has said that despite India not having signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), uranium could be sold to power stations in the country which are open to the UN and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).