Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission
Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission

Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) is planning to organize workshop for media persons to give them orientation about basics of nuclear technology, nuclear power production in Pakistan, radioactivitiy and its effects.“We are planning to hold training workshops to give basic information to media people regarding nuclear issues.

Basic Information
Formed:March 1956
Name:Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission
In Urdu:ادارہ جوہری توانائی پاکستان
Superseding :Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory
Agency:Authority (PNRA) National Command Authority (NCA)
Jurisdiction :Government of Pakistan
Headquarters :Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory
Agency Executive :Muhammad Naeem, Chairman
Research and Development of:Nuclear Power, Promotion of Nuclear Science, Energy Conservation,Nuclear Technology
Integrated with:National Command Authority
Now Under: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi
Power Plants Energy Production:Capacity of ~8800MW by 2030
Power Plants:Kanupp Chashnup
Chairman:Muhammad Naeem
PAEC Member :Aslam Hayat Bhatti,Mr.Jamal Ud Din Ahmad,Mr. Mansoor Ali Sheikh,Mr. Tariq Mahmud
Finance Secretary MOF:Mr. Mansoor Ali Sheikh

Chairman Mr. Muhammad NaeemPAECCERN's Director-General Rolf Heuer and Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Ansar ParvezPAEC to expand nuclear energy programme, two more nuclear power plantsPrime Minister being presented a souvenir Chairman Atomic Energy Commission C-4 power plant


The history of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission goes back to 1956, when the Atomic Energy Research Council was established. In 1964, 1965 and 1973 reorganization took place and the Atomic Energy Commission was incorporated as a statutory body under an Act, with considerable autonomy. In 1972 the commission was transferred from the Science and Technology Research Division to the President’s Secretariat.[1]  History 

bNow a Daysb

PAEC is now the largest S & T organization of the country, both in terms of scientific/technical manpower and the scope of its activities. Starting with a nuclear power reactor at Karachi (KANUPP) and an experimental research reactor at Nilore, Islamabad (PARR-I), the emphasis in the early years remained focussed on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Consequently research centres in agriculture, medicine, biotechnology and other scientific disciplines were set up all over the country. As the emphasis shifted towards concerns for national security, important projects were also initiated in this area.


PAEC is charged with the promotion of, and research work on the peaceful uses of atomic energy in the fields of agriculture, medicine and industry, as well as the execution of development projects involving nuclear power stations and the generation of electric power, and to perform such other functions relating to the peaceful uses of atomic energy as may be agreed to between the Commission and the government.

bAccordingly the Commission is Engaged inb

  1. Programmes to develop nuclear power and fuel-cycle facilities 
  2. Promotion of use of radiation and radio-isotopes in agriculture, medicine and industry
  3. Research, development and training of manpower to support the programmes of nuclear power and radio-isotope applications

bNational Defence Complexb

Pakistan’s development of solid-fueled ballistic missiles began at the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC).Benefiting from substantial Chinese assistance, the PAEC historically competed with the North Korea-assisted liquid-fuel missile programs at the Khan Research Laboratories (KRL).The 1999-2001 command-and-control reforms consolidated the bulk of nuclear weaponization activities, including missile development, under the National Defence Complex (NDC).


The PAEC now focuses on civilian research, and hosts a wide range of such programs ranging from nuclear medicine to biotechnology.The PAEC also actively collaborates with the European Organization for Nuclear Research on fundamental particle physics research, providing both human capital and financial contributions.

bNuclear Test -1998b

Following Pakistan’s 1998 nuclear tests, the Clinton Administration sanctioned the PAEC and roughly 20 of its subsidiaries under the Arms Export Control Act for involvement in “nuclear or missile activities.”President George W. Bush waived these sanctions in 2001 to facilitate post-September 11 cooperation with Pakistan.[2] Nuclear Test –  1998  

bResearch Developmentb

R&D efforts at Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission are focused on nuclear science and technology as well as the allied fields of physical and chemical sciences through well-defined and goal oriented projects. The major thrust of the program is geared towards direct applications in the peaceful uses of atomic energy. In order to keep the program well balanced and tuned to the need of the future, basic research is also carried out.

bPakistan Institute of Nuclear Science Technologyb

Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science & Technology (PINSTECH)
PINSTECH, being a premier R&D institute of PAEC has contributed to the frontiers of knowledge in a number if fields. Over the years, it made significant contribution in PAEC program by carrying out various technical assignments of national interest. The highly qualified manpower is engaged in the R&D at PINSTECH.

bPakistan Research Reactor – I PARR-Ib

Pakistan Research Reactor I - PARR-I
In the beginning, the experimetnal & research facilities at PINSTECH were limited to PARR-I, a 5 MW swimming pool type research reactor. The reactor has now been upgraded to 10 MW. With this upgrdation, the experience and know-how obtained in redesigning, engineering and renovation has promoted indigenous expertise and led to a greater degree of self reliance.

bPakistan Research Reactor – II PARR-IIb

Pakistan Research Reactor - II PARR-II
PARR-II is a Tank-In-Pool type, 27 KW research reactor. It is a safe and economical tool for neutron activation analysis and training. PARR-II is an ideal facility for teaching and training.[3]  Pakistan Research Reactor 

bInside PAECb

  1. Nuclear Power
  2. Engineering
  3. R & D
  4. Agri & Biotech
  5. Cancer Hospital
  6. HRD

bProject and Plantsb

bKarachi Nuclear Power Plant KANUPP Unit 1b

KANUPP is Pakistan’s first nuclear power plant, inaugrated on November 28, 1972, with a total gross capacity of 137 MW.

bChashma Nuclear Power Plantsb

Unit-1 (C-1), Unit-2 (C-2) & Unit-3 (C-3):C-1 and C-2 are 2 x 325 MW pressurized water reactors (PWR), performing with a high capacity factor.C-3 is 340 MW pressurized water reactors (PWR) with a design life of 40 years.

bChashma Nuclear Power Projectb

Unit-4 (C-4):C-4 is 340 MW pressurized water reactors (PWR) with a design life of 40 years. The plant is under construction.

bKarachi Nuclear Power Projectb

Unit-2 (K-2) & Unit-3 (K-3):K-2 and K-3 are 2 x 1100 MW PWRs. Groundbreaking of K-2 and K-3 at Karachi near KANUPP was performed on November 26, 2013.


The provision of engineering services and equipment is vital to keep industrial plants in good operating condition. This is especially true for Chemical, Mechanical, Conventional and Nuclear Power plants. PAEC has therefore established its own engineering support setup, known as SES. The purpose of this setup is to provide state of the art heavy mechanical as well as high precision engineering equipment support to all the projects and plants of PAEC. In addition it has the capacity to provide engineering services to other public/privates sectors industries in Pakistan.

bHeavy Mechanical Complex HMC-3b

Heavy Mechanical Complex-3 has in house design, manufacturing, inspection, testing facilities and is capable of manufacturing heavy equipment of nuclear power plants, chemical & processing industries. All equipment are designed accordance with the relevant international codes and standards such as API – 1 stamp, ASME – 4-5 stamps etc., PNRA – Safety class 1,2,3, ISO 9000 / ISO 9001 certificate. It also has boiler manufacturing license from Govt of Pakistan.

bAgriculture Biotechnologyb

Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission has taken the lead in utilizing nuclear technology to improve productivity of Agriculture sector through the introduction of new crop varieties, pest control technologies, plant nutrition and water management, animal health and productivity and food decontamination and preservation. Agriculture centers of PAEC also organize ‘Farmer’s Days”, field visits and awareness programs to educate the farmers about newly released varieties, advanced methods of cultivation and water saving techniques.

  1. Development of New Varieties
  2. Utilization of Marginal Lands
  3. Plant Nutrition and Water Management
  4. Reduction of Losses to Pests and Pathogens
  5. Improved Export Potential
  6. Human Resource Development

bCancer Hospitalsb

Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission gives high priority to the application of nuclear technology in health sector. Through its 18 medical centers spread all over the country, patients receive state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment facilities either free of charge or at subsidized rates. PAEC NM&O Hospitals are also involved in the national cancer awareness and prevention program.

  1. Diagnostic Imaging (Nuclear Medicine & Radiology)
  2. Oncology (Radiation & Medical)
  3. Medical Physics
  4. Teaching and Training

bHuman Resource Developmentb

Appropriate human resource development is essential before undertaking any highly technical or scientific endever. PAEC has setup many training institutes/centres, fully equipped with latest and state of the art facilities, aiming to provide high quality education and training to its workforce. Its leading institutes are Pakistan Institute of Engineering & Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Karachi Institute of Power Engineering (KINPOE) and CHASNUPP centre of Nuclear Training (CHASCENT). These institutes not only provide education related to nuclear fields but also contribute towards the Research & Development (R&D) programs of Pakistan.

  1. Pakistan Institute of Engineering & Applied Sciences (PIEAS)
  2. Karachi Institute of Power Engineering (KINPOE)
  3. CHASNUPP Centre of Nuclear Training (CHASCENT)

bContact Informationb

  1. P.O. Box: 1114, Islamabad, Pakistan
  2. Telephone:PABX: +92 51 9209032-37
  3. E-mail: