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It is the first time a Pakistani court has stopped a Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission project.
The Japanese court in May this year ruled against restarting a nuclear power plant in a rare victory for anti-nuclear activists after the Fukushima disaster, and dealing a blow to government efforts to end a nationwide nuclear freeze.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has often claimed that nuclear energy is crucial for the country and his government has announced a massive programme of reactor construction. Leaving aside other problems with this plan, a minimal prerequisite for the safe operation of these new and existing plants is a sound regulatory body. The prime minister would do well to carefully read the recent report from the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on the subject.