Pakistan becomes first Asian associate member of CERN

ISLAMABAD: The General Council of European Centre of Nuclear Research (CERN) has accepted Pakistan’s application for associate membership of the centre. The application was accepted in the CERN meeting held on June 19 (Thursday). According to a press release issued by the Foreign Office, the centre is one of the world’s leading scientific organisations conducting research on high-energy particle physics since 1954. Pakistan is the first Asian country to become an associate member of the organisation. The only two other associate members of CERN are Turkey and Serbia. Pakistan had formally applied for associate membership in February 2013. “In October 2013, the CERN Council had responded favourably to Pakistan’s associate membership and as a first step had sent a taskforce of experts to visit Pakistan earlier this year to scrutinise the application in greater detail. The team had favourably supported Pakistan’s credentials for associate membership,” the press release added. “With the new status of associate membership of CERN, Pakistan looks forward to benefiting from and contributing more intensively to the increasingly innovative and challenging initiatives in science and technology,” it added. 

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