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Pakistan

Theft Ranking
Has Weapons-Usable Nuclear Materials
Change
Score42
Rank22

Summary

Pakistan ranks near the bottom of the theft ranking. Although Pakistan passed new cybersecurity regulations, the improvement was too small to change its score. In the future, Pakistan could improve its nuclear materials security conditions by requiring reporting of suspicious behavior and constant surveillance of inner areas of nuclear facilities to mitigate the insider threat, strengthening requirements for on-site physical protection and control and accounting, ensuring its requirements for security of material during transport reflect the latest IAEA guidelines, and improving cybersecurity requirements at nuclear facilities. Pakistan could also improve its nuclear materials security conditions by ratifying key international legal agreements. Pakistan’s nuclear materials security conditions remain adversely affected by increasing quantities of nuclear materials, political instability and corruption, and the presence of groups interested in and capable of illicitly acquiring nuclear materials.


Category & Indicator Scores

Category & Indicators
Rank / Score / Δ

Quantities and Sites
22
=21

Quantities of Nuclear Materials
38
=15

Sites and Transportation
17
=17

Material Production / Elimination Trends
0
=19

Security and Control Measures
+2
36
=23

On-site Physical Protection
40
=22

Control and Accounting Procedures
14
=22

Insider Threat Prevention
56
=13

Physical Security During Transport
0
=21

Response Capabilities
71
=17

Cybersecurity
+25
25
=16

Global Norms
51
22

International Legal Commitments
40
22

Voluntary Commitments
80
=16

International Assurances
40
=17

Domestic Commitments and Capacity
85
19

UNSCR 1540 Implementation
80
=10

Domestic Nuclear Materials Security Legislation
100
=1

Safeguards Adherence and Compliance
50
=21

Independent Regulatory Agency
100
=1

Risk Environment
16
23

Political Stability
15
24

Effective Governance
25
=20

Pervasiveness of Corruption
25
=17

Group(s) Interested in Illicitly Acquiring Materials
0
=22

Legend

= denotes tie in rank
Δ denotes change in score between 2014 and 2016
– denotes no change between 2014 and 2016
All countries are scored 0–100, where 100 = most favorable nuclear security conditions

Note on Scores

Indicator scores equal the sum of the subindicator scores. Scores are then normalized 0-100, where 100 = most favorable nuclear materials security conditions.