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Pakistan seeks equal treatment from Australia on uranium selling

(Xinhua)

17:21, December 05, 2011

CANBERRA, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan's High Commissioner to Australia, Abdul Malik Abdullah told ABC Radio on Monday if Australian federal government sells uranium to India it should sell to Pakistan as well.

Earlier on Sunday, Australian Labor government voted to overturn ban on uranium sales to India at the Labor's national conference which Prime Minister Julia Gillard said would boost trade and enhance Australia's relationship with India.

Abdullah claimed that Australia should sell uranium to Pakistan as well, as India has not signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

"Now if after the ALP's decision, if the Australian Government is going to change the policy, all we would like to have is an equitable and non-discriminatory decision," he said.

"If Australia is going to lift the ban on a country which has not signed a non-Nuclear Proliferation Treaty, it is hoped it is also applied to Pakistan the same way."

Currently Pakistan has not made any request for uranium for Australia yet, but Abdullah said this may change in the future.

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