SECDIV in Media




Export controls: Pakistan's measures globally recognized



Business Recorder

Director General of Strategic Export Control Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and head of a four-member team, Mr. Zafar Ali while addressing the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday said, "Pakistan's measures to further strengthen its export controls and non-proliferation steps are well recognised by the international community. The country has an effective and foolproof export control system concerning export control of sensitive goods, technologies, material and equipment." (to read more visit https://goo.gl/qUeWQx) 27 July 2016.



DG Foreign Affairs visits UET Lahore



UET Lahore

Mr. Zafar Ali Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs addressed researchers, faculty and scholars at University of Engineering and Technology in a seminar on Pakistan's Strategic Export Control System.




At this moment Dean Faculty of Chemical Engineering Prof. Dr. Nadeem Feroze said that it is useful initiative to educate the related public about the exports of control goods for strengthening the approach of non-proliferation of Pakistan. He said that UET Lahore is ready to cooperate and coordinate with SECDIV in this connection. (to read more visit https://goo.gl/21gO98) 27 July 2016











Move on export control of sensitive technologies, goods praised by US



The Newspaper's Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The United States has praised Pakistan's move to update its export control list for sensitive technologies and goods to make it compatible with international regimes.

"The US delegation appreciated the progress on harmonisation of Pakistan's National Control Lists (NCL) with those of control lists of international export control regimes and the steps taken by Pakistan to keep its export control at par with international standards," the Foreign Office said.

The observation was made on Wednesday during the second Pakistan-US bilateral meeting on strategic export controls held in Islamabad. The meeting was co-chaired by Mr Vann Van Diepen, US principal deputy assistant secretary for international security and non-proliferation, and Ambassador Tasnim Aslam, additional secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Pakistan has recently revised the control lists of goods, technologies, material and equipment related to nuclear and biological weapons and their delivery systems. The revision was made under the Export Control on Goods, Technologies, Material and Equipment related to Nuclear and Biological Weapons and their Delivery Systems Act, 2004. The legislation enables the government to control export, re-export, trans-shipment and transit of goods, technologies, material and equipment related to nuclear and biological weapons and their delivery systems.

The revision makes the national control list harmonious with the lists maintained by the international export control regimes-Nuclear Suppliers Group, Missile Technology Control Regime, and the Australia Group.

At the meeting the Pakistani side apprised the US delegation about the latest developments in Pakistan's strategic export control system, its internal compliance mechanism and the NCLs' review process, the Foreign Office said.

The US side dwelt on various export controls aspects including their best practices, training measures and reforms being conducted by relevant US agencies, the foreign ministry added.

Pakistan has been pursuing its case for joining the export control regimes, particularly the NSG.

The meeting was held as part of the working of the Security, Strategic Stability and Non-proliferation (SSSNP) Working Group, which is a component of the Pak-US strategic dialogue.

"Such interactions are part of Pakistan's consistent outreach effort to engage with the international community to mutually benefit from the best practices," the foreign ministry said.

"Pakistan's non-proliferation measures and the steps taken to further strengthen its export controls are well recognised by the international community. Pakistan is fully committed to non-proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and their delivery systems. Based on its credentials, Pakistan qualifies to join export control regimes including NSG," it added.


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September 17, 2015








Pak has an effective, foolproof export control law: DG FA

F.P Report

PESHAWAR: “Pakistan has an effective and foolproof export control law since 2004 relating to export control on goods, technologies, material and equipment related to nuclear and biological weapons and their delivery systems while the Indians remained far behind and follow Pakistani pattern in framing out an export control law.”

This was stated by Mr. Zafar Ali, Director-General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while educating researchers, senior teachers and scholars on the Export Control Law, 2004 of Pakistan at Mian Majeed Auditorium of the Department of Physics, Islamia College, Peshawar (ICP) yesterday (Wednesday). His visit was a part of Outreach Visit programme of the Strategic Export Control Division (SECDIV) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad. The Director Higher Studies and Research, Dr. Muneebur Rehman, Dean, Faculty of Numerical Sciences, Prof. Dr. S. Inayat Ali Shah, senior teachers from Science and Social Sciences faculties of the ICP and research scholars attended the seminar. Explaining the Export Control Law-2004, he told Pakistan had already framed out Export Control legislation in the year 2000 but the then governments insisted upon legislation on this law in the Parliament that was why the law implemented in the year 2004. He further told that that Sri Lanka and Bangladesh had made such laws after Pakistan while Indonesia and Malaysia were in the process of making such laws. 

Throwing light on the purpose of outreach visit programme of the SECDIV, he said that the academia and researchers should know the position of Pakistan being a nuclear power and should apprise them of the necessary legislation, which has so far been done in the direction of their country’s legal position on the research activities, export and invention of nuclear technology related matters and weapons of mass destruction. 

Pakistan’s export control policy, he continued, addressed both tangible and intangible export or sale and transportation of sensitive goods and technologies. This policy, he added, brought into its orbit shipment and transfer of technologies, Pakistan’s international obligations, national objectives, chemical and biological weapons and a number of non-listed items . 

He explained with the help of digital power point slides about severe penalties, which have been defined and enforced under Export Control Law, 2004 for violation. 
These included 14 years rigorous imprisonment, heavy fines and confiscation of property and assets both. 

The export control list was revised in 2011 in consistency with Nuclear Suppliers Groups and Australian Groups specifications, besides enforcing the Licensing and Enforcement Rules 2009 to keep a vigil on any unlawful transportation of nuclear related material, technology, testing outcomes or equipments, he concluded.
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May 15, 2014








Pakistan has effective export control law: official
Bureau report

PESHAWAR: Pakistan has an effective and foolproof export control law relating to export control on goods, technologies, material and equipment related to nuclear and biological weapons and their delivery systems since 2004, an official said on Wednesday.
 
“The Indians remained far behind and follow Pakistani pattern in framing out an export control law,” Zafar Ali, Director-General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs told researchers, senior teachers and scholars on the Export Control Law, 2004, of Pakistan at Mian Majeed Auditorium of the Department of Physics, Islamia College University.
 
His visit was a part of ‘outreach visit’ programme of the Strategic Export Control Division (SECDIV) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad. Director Higher Studies and Research, Dr Muneebur Rehman, Dean, Faculty of Numerical Sciences, Prof Dr S Inayat Ali Shah from Science and Social Sciences faculties of the ICP and research scholars attended the seminar.
 
Explaining the Export Control Law-2004, he said Pakistan had already framed out Export Control legislation in the year 2000 but the then governments insisted upon legislation on this law in the Parliament that was why the law implemented in the year 2004.He further said that that Sri Lanka and Bangladesh had made such laws after Pakistan while Indonesia and Malaysia were in the process of making such laws.
 
Throwing light on the purpose of outreach visit programme of the SECDIV, he said that the academia and researchers should know the position of Pakistan being a nuclear power and should apprise them of the necessary legislation, which has so far been done in the direction of their country’s legal position on the research activities, export and invention of nuclear technology related matters and weapons of mass destruction.
 
Pakistan’s export control policy, he continued, addressed both tangible and intangible export or sale and transportation of sensitive goods and technologies.He explained with the help of digital power point slides about severe penalties, which have been defined and enforced under Export Control Law, 2004 for violation. These included 14 years rigorous imprisonment, heavy fines and confiscation of property and assets both.
 
http://www.thenews.com.pk/
 May 15, 2014








Export of technology abroad: SECD to act as licensing body
RECORDER REPORT
The Director-General of Strategic Export Control Division (SECD) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zafar Ali, has said that "we will formulate and enforce rules and regulations for the implementation of export controls in accordance with the Export Control Act-2004. 

"Moreover, the division would also act as a licensing body for the export of notified `Control List' of goods, technologies, materials and equipment, incorporating the internationally accepted standard lists of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), the Australia Group (AG) which dealt with biological agents and toxins, and the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)," he added. 

During his meeting with President of Multan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI), Khawaja Muhammad Usman, he also exchanged views relating to export of sensitive products and issuance of free of cost licences. 

"Export of items on the `Control List' from Pakistan will only be possible after approval by the SECD," he said, adding that adoption of Export Control Act, notification of national `Control List' and the establishment of SECD were a continuing manifestation of Pakistan's strong commitment to non-proliferation and its determination to fulfil its national and international export control commitments. 

He said that exporters would have to seek permission from SECD before exporting any technology abroad. He said that Pakistan adopted the Export Control on goods, technologies, material and equipment related to nuclear and biological weapons and their Delivery Systems Act-2004, which provided for control of the export, trans-shipment and transit of strategic items, including technologies that might contribute to the development, production, stockpiling, maintenance, or use of nuclear and biological weapons and their delivery systems. 

Expressing satisfaction over the measures taken by Pakistan to meet its international obligations as a responsible nuclear-weapon state, the MCCI President, Kh Usman, said that Pakistan's close co-operation with international community in the field of export control and non-proliferation was appreciated. 
 
http://www.brecorder.com/
April 07, 2014