IAEA to provide Pakistan with N-tech-based COVID-19 testing equipment
FO blasts Indian army chief for ‘irresponsible, false’ allegations
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will provide equipment to help Pakistan in its battle against coronavirus, a statement from the Foreign Office said Friday.
"The IAEA is providing Pakistan a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine, biohazard safety cabinets, test kits and related consumables to help fight the novel coronavirus through the use of a nuclear derived technique," read the statement.
The provision of this equipment will augment Pakistan’s national capacity to conduct COVID-19 tests which are crucial in containing the spread of the disease," the FO said.
The Foreign Office, praising the IAEA in its contribution to science and technology, said: "Pakistan deeply values the contribution of the IAEA and its leadership in helping member states in their efforts to fight the global COVID-19 pandemic."
Pakistan has a longstanding relationship with the IAEA. As a founding member of the Agency, Pakistan has continued to benefit from its technical assistance in various fields including health, agriculture and energy while also contributing to Agency’s work in promoting peaceful uses of nuclear technologies," it added.
The Pakistani embassy in Vienna is in contact with the IAEA for the equipment’s early shipment to the country.
Aisha Farooqui strongly rejected the "irresponsible, spurious and totally false allegations" against Pakistan by the Indian army chief. "These baseless Indian allegations are patently designed to divert global and domestic attention from India’s state-terrorism and egregious human rights violations, and clamping of fundamental freedoms in occupied Jammu and Kashmir, particularly post August 5, 2019," said the FO in her statement.
Earlier in the day, Indian army chief General MM Naravane had alleged that while India was busy "not only helping our own citizens but the rest of the world by sending medical teams and exporting medicines" during the coronavirus crisis, Pakistan was only "exporting terror".
According to Hindustan Times, he made these comments while on a two-day visit to occupied Kashmir to review the security situation.
“It is very unfortunate that at a time when the whole world and India is fighting the menace of this pandemic, our neighbour continues to foment trouble for us,” Naravane was quoted as saying.
Pakistan in recent days has charged India with repeated ceasefire violations across the LoC, which have resulted in the loss of civilians' lives. A statement by ISPR said heavy artillery fire by India “deliberately targeted civilians” across the border.