07/0800 HOURS OF 15-5-1998 (FRIDAY)

RESOLUTION: The All parties conference held in Karachi has condemned the Indian hegemonical designs in the region and called on the government to revise its foreign policy.

The Conference criticised the undue foreign pressure being applied on Pakistan to demonstrate restraint.

The Conference was attended by representatives of about 25 political and religious parties.

21/2200 HOURS OF 14-5-1998 (THURSDAY)

CABINET: The Federal Cabinet which met in Islamabad Thursday under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, reviewed the serious threat to peace and security in the region as a consequence of the nuclear tests by India. It examined all aspects of the issue and unanimously resolved that Pakistanís legitimate security and defence interests are supreme , which under no circumstances, can brook any compromise.

It noted with satisfaction that the countryís state of preparedness and defence capability can deter any threat emanating from any quarter.

The Cabinet expressed full faith and confidence, that the government under the leadership of the Prime Minister has the political will, the readiness and the ability to preserve, protect and promote Pakistanís vital national interests at any cost and under all circumstances.

SENATE RESOLUTION: The Senate Thursday passed a unanimous resolution condemning Indian aggressive designs and lust to acquire weapons and resolved that People of Pakistan will be steadfast in their support to any step that the government will take in response to the new challenges and threat to national security.

It urged the government to work towards national consensus and take such steps in consultation with the major political parties as are necessary to meet any eventuality arising from use or threat of use of nuclear weapons or conventional weapons by India.

The resolution expressed determination of the government, the opposition parties and people not to submit to Indian hegemony and to safeguard national security, whatever the cost.

In a statement, the Foreign Minister Mr. Gohar Ayub Khan assured that the government is fully seized with the obtaining situation.

The Foreign Minister regretted that the security situation in South Asia is now radically changed. Obviously he said, Pakistan cannot remain oblivious to this perilous development.

AKRAM: Pakistan has declared having technological and other capabilities to respond to the past, present or future Indian nuclear designs.

Pakistanís Ambassador, Mr. Munir Akram said Indiaís latest nuclear explosions have threatened Pakistanís security. Mr. Munir Akram made it clear that Pakistan had never resorted to adventurist or irresponsible actions. Our policies have been marked by restraint. He recalled that since independence Pakistan has confronted Indian hostilities. In this process we were subjected to aggression thrice. Even now, he pointed out, India is engaged in eight year long brutalities against the demand of the right of self-determination by Kashmiris.

SPOKESMAN: Pakistan says it will determine for itself how to meet its security needs and will give a well considered, sober, mature and comprehensive response to the five nuclear explosions by India.

A foreign Office spokesman said in Islamabad Thursday that Pakistan will keep in view the threat that has been posed to its security and national interest while responding to the new situation. The explosions by India have destabilised the entire region and threaten Pakistanís security. These have also shattered the nuclear non-proliferation efforts.

Asked about the visit of US Deputy Secretary of State Mr. Strobe Talbott to Pakistan, the spokesman said it will provide an opportunity to Pakistan to explain the dangers which have been posed by the nuclear tests, destabilisation of region and Pakistan concerns. In addition Pakistan would inform him about its national security concerns. About the sanctions against India, the spokesman said after the explosions, these sanctions are irrelevant. He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wrote letters to heads of state and government of USA, UK, France, Russia, China, Japan, Italy, Belgium, Spain and Germany on the second of last month informing them about the intentions of the new Indian government to go nuclear.