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PAKISTAN MISSION TO THE

UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK


PRESS STATEMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN ON THE TWO ADDITIONAL NUCLEAR TESTS CARRIED OUT BY INDIA ON 13 MAY 1998


The Defence Committee of the Cabinet met today under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister of Pakistan to take stock of the situation arising from Indian Nuclear Tests and overt weaponisation by India.

The meeting concluded that the reckless and highly provocative actions by the Indian Government had fundamentally altered the strategic situation in South Asia, besides dealing a severe blow to global non-proliferation.

The Indian Government had in the recent weeks exhibited a pattern of irresponsible behaviour and taken deliberate steps to further heighten the tensions in the region.

These Indian actions have magnified manifold the immediacy and the magnitude of the threat to Pakistan's security.

The meeting regretted that Pakistan's warnings to the international community particularly major powers to stop India from crossing the threshold had gone unheeded.

On the other hand some countries had sought to bring unjustifiable pressure and sanctions to bear on Pakistan, despite our impeccable record of utmost restraint.

The responsibility for demolishing the prospects of a nuclear free South Asia rested clearly with India and with those who had adopted a deferential approach and sought to either ignore or acquiesce in India's blatant attempts to cross the nuclear threshold.

The meeting affirmed the Government's determination to reject any unilateral, selective and discriminatory pressure from any quarter on matters pertaining to national security.

It reiterated Pakistan's resolve to take all steps it deemed necessary for national security, which were within its sovereign rights for self-defence.

After comprehensively evaluating the defence preparedness, the meeting expressed satisfaction over Pakistan's ability to respond effectively and adequately to the new threats and challenges.


For further information please contact:
Pakistan Mission, 8 East 65th Street, New York NY 10021.
Tel: (212) 879.8600 or E-Mail: [email protected]