Islamabad: Pakistan's nuclear capability was purely for peaceful purposes, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said while declaring that the country would build more power plants to meet its growing energy needs.

Addressing a seminar, Gilani said Pakistan would continue to comply with the requirements of International Atomic Energy Agency's nuclear safeguard agreements.

“Building and operating nuclear power plants is vital to country's interests because of its severe energy deficiency,” Gilani was quoted as saying on Tuesday.  

Gilani said the Atomic Energy Commission was poised to achieve the 8,800 MW nuclear power production by 2030 and he hoped the commission would look beyond 2030 to build more nuclear power plants.