NEWS SUMMARY (17-05-1998)

Indian Nuclear blast cannot dampen Liberation spirit- APHC

ISLAMABAD May 17 (APP): In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurryiat Conference APHC has said the Indian nuclear blast can neither dampen Kashmiris' liberation spirit nor it can in any way affect the liberation struggle, reports Kashmir Media Service .

The APHC's reaction to the Indian nuclear tests was voiced by its Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani while addressing a big rally in Handwara, in Kupwara district. He was of the view that India was carrying out these tests so That it could retain its illegal occupation of the held territory. Kashmiris, he pointed out , had been carrying on the liberation struggle since 1947. When all avenues for peaceful political struggle were barred in 1988, Kashmiris were compelled to adopt the course of armed struggle. Thus, gun was thrust on them by the Indian rulers, he added.

Syed Ali Gilani emphasised the Kashmiri's determination to continue struggle under the banner of APHC till the objective was achieved. No Power, he declared, could deviate them from their objective.

Pak seeks Arab world support against Indian nuclear designs

ISLAMABAD, May 17 (APP): Pakistan's Ambassador to Egypt, Tayeb Siddiqi hoped that Egypt and other Arab and Islamic countries would denounce India's nuclear activities and take necessary measures against it, taking into account the serious peril and threat such acts pose. In an interview, the Pakistani diplomat said his country has always endorsed Arab issues and supported the Palestinian people's legitimate political and economic strife, which means that Israel consider Pakistan as an enemy. Therefore, Pakistan expects support of the Arab countries, he emphasized. He noted that long history of military cooperation between India and Israel and Israel's objections to Pakistan rising from the fact that Pakistan is the only Islamic country that has nuclear potentials.

G-8 Statement Dismayed Pakistan: Foreign Office

ISLAMABAD, May 17 (APP): A spokesman of the Foreign Office here Saturday said that the G-8 Statement has surprised and dismayed Pakistan. The world community's reaction to the Indian nuclear tests and her declaration of becoming an overt nuclear weapon State has been meekly described as " international concern and opposition". Strangely the G-8 Statement makes absolutely no reference to the grave threat emanating from the Indian nuclear weapons to the Security of the region and peace and stability in the world. In particular, it takes no account of the threat posed to Pakistan's Security by her adventurous neighbour who has now armed herself with nuclear weapons, the spokesman said. The spokesman said that the call upon Pakistan to show restraint is misdirected and betrays an insensitivity to Pakistan's serious concerns on the very difficult situation in this part of the world. It may be recalled that the Prime Minister had addressed a letter to the G-8 leaders drawing their attention to the perilous threat which Pakistan is now facing and which required the leaders of the major powers to candidly which required the leaders of the major powers to candidly recognize it in its full impact on the security of the region.

Pakistan cannot be expected to remain complacent--Nawaz

ISLAMABAD, May 17 (APP)-Stressing that Pakistan has "legitimate needs for self-defence", Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Saturday said, India's nuclear tests have "raised the possibility of aggressive military acts against Pakistan." "In the face of these ominous developments which pose an immediate threat to our security, we cannot be expected to remain complacent." In a letter to the leaders of the G-8 countries, the Prime Minister said, "the BJP government has already made its aggressive designs against Pakistan a fundamental article of its policy agenda. In recent days, it has taken steps to implement its designs including military action across the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir." In the letter, he drew attention to the consequences that would ensue from india's induction of nuclear weapons.

Pakistan not to barter away its security interests for monetary benefits

ISLAMABAD, May 17 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Saturday said in categorical terms that Pakistan would not trade off its security interests for any monetary assistance. "We are not looking for monetary gains," he said in an interview with World Television Network (WTN) when asked to comment on reports that United States has offered a package to Pakistan to prevent it from detonating its nuclear device. "There is no package which is being offered to Pakistan nor we have offered any package to anybody," he said and added that he had to take into account the popular sentiments of the people of the country. Responding to a question, Prime Minister said Pakistan could have given tit-for-tat response to the series of India's nuclear tests. "But we want to act in responsible manner and don't want to blindly follow Indian path." He said New Delhi resumed its nuclear tests after 24 years. "We never wanted to do so." However, he said the recent nuclear explosions by India has shaken the regional balance of power. "Now we have legitimate security concerns and international community needs to realize these concerns."

Pakistan must demonstrate its nuclear capability :Sardar Qayyum

ISLAMABAD, May 17 (APP):- Former Prime minister of Azad Kashmir and President of All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference Sardar Muhammad Abdul Qayyum Khan Saturday said,"Pakistan must demonstrate its nuclear capability". Addressing a press conference here, he said five nuclear explosions, conducted by India in last week, have jeopardized the peace and security situation in the region and have also posed a great threat to the security of Pakistan. "In the wake of Indian nuclear ambitions, following its nuclear tests, Pakistan should respond to India in the similar manner in the larger interest of the its security and defence," he added. He, however, said that if there is any confusion for the government, weather or not to go nuclear, then its should go to the people and hold a "referendum" in this regard. He regretted that USA prevented Pakistan from its nuclear programme, while India was given a free hand to develope the nuclear devices.

Pak response to be well considered and in national interest: Shamshad

ISLAMABAD, May 17 (APP): Foreign Secretary Shamshad Ahmed said late Friday evening that a very serious and grave situation had arisen for Pakistan in the wake of Indian nuclear testing but "Our response would, however, be well considered and in accordance with our national interests and security." The Foreign Secretary, while briefing the participants of the Sixth Round of Annual Bilateral Consultations between Pakistan and France which held here, said the so-called sanctions and condemnation of India's nuclear tests had become "totally irrelevant" after India had achieved its ambitions to acquire nuclear weapons status.

Nawaz Sharif grappling with grave problem : US Mission

ISLAMABAD, May 17 (APP): Senior United States officials late Friday evening said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is grappling with the grave problem that have been created by five Indian nuclear explosions and the international community deeply shares his concern. These officials, while briefing the press after day long meetings with the Pakistan leadership including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said here late Friday evening that Pakistan has provided the United States no "wish list" as a quid pro quo for not looking after its security interests the way Islamabad wants. The officials said that the present US mission led by US Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott was quickly formed and sent to Pakistan in view of the Indian nuclear explosions.

Pakistan never to compromise on principles

RISALPUR, May 17 (APP): President Muhammad Rafiq Tarar on Saturday said, Pakistan will never compromise on principles and its sovereign rights. "In matters of national interests we have to be firm in our resolve and ever prepared for sacrifice, no matter how big it may be," said the President while addressing the Graduation Parade here at PAF Risalpur Academy.

Nuclear test by Pakistan `very close to certain': Gohar

ISLAMABAD, May 17 (APP): Foreign Minister Gohar Ayub Khan told BBC Saturday that conducting of nuclear test by Pakistan "is just a matter of timing that the government of Pakistan chooses as to when to conduct the test." The Foreign Minister's remarks were telecast by BBC television on Saturday. To a question whether the test is certain, Gohar Ayub Khan said, "it is very close to certain but the timing is our choice."