NEWS SUMMARY (19-05-1998)

US launches new satellite to spy more effectively on India, Pakistan: AIR

ISLAMABAD, May 19 (APP) :The United States has launched a new six-ton satellite to spy more effectively on India and Pakistan, All India Radio (AIR) quoting an American journal reported Sunday. According to the Aviation and Space Technology Journal, it said, the satellite will also cover other countries ranging from West Asia to China and North Korea. Reports said the satellite was launched on May 8 from Cape Canniveral in Florida and will be fully operational within the weeks, the Radio claimed.

Pakistani nation disappointed with G-8 decision: Mushahid

ISLAMABAD, May 19 (APP) :Minister for Information Mushahid Hussain Sayed while terming the sanctions imposed against India in G-8 summit as very soft has said that Pakistani nation is very much disappointed with the steps taken by the Western countries. "It seems that these countries and the international community do not want to impose strict sanctions against India", said the Information Minister in an interview with BBC late Sunday. He said that various sanctions were imposed on Pakistan in the past merely based on assumptions while India is free from sanctions despite detonation of nuclear devices. When asked that Gohar Ayub has been quoted as saying that Pakistan is going to detonate nuclear device, he said, "actually the public reaction in Pakistan is very severe and there is strong pressure upon the government on this issue, adding, but the cabinet has not taken any formal decision as such." He said, "Gohar Ayub Saheb had hinted at public pressure and reaction which is very legal as Pakistani people think that their country should take every necessary step for its security." The Information Minister also categorically denied the rumours that Pakistan has detonated a nuclear device on Sunday.

Foreign Secretary returns home on Tuesday after consulting Chinese leaders

ISLAMABAD, May 19 (APP) :Foreign Secretary Shamshad Ahmed will return from China on Tuesday, after consulting the chinese leadership about Pakistan's security concern, in wake of nuclear tests conducted by India. He had proceeded for Beijing on Sunday. He is scheduled to deliver a special message of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to the Chinese leaders. Pakistan wanted China- a time-tested friend - into confidence about the measures, which need to be taken to safeguard national security. The government and the people of China have taken strong exception to the latest nuclear explosions by India, and warned their dangerous consequence. Most Chinese, who believe India's five underground nuclear tests have defied international efforts to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons, are greatly concerned and severely critical of India, a nationwide survey revealed, reports prominent China Daily.

Japan asks Pakistan to show utmost restraint

ISLAMABAD, May 19 (APP) :Seiichiro Noboru, special envoy of Japan's Prime Minister, Ryutaro Hashmimoto, said Pakistan would earn international respect by showing "utmost restraint," in wake of nuclear explosion conducted by india. "World opinion is already very sympathetic towards Pakistan," said Seiichiro Noboru, after meeting the Foreign Minister Gohar Ayub Khan here on Monday. He said, Pakistan would gain international respect if it did not respond to India's five nuclear tests conducted last week by setting off its own device.

Pak nuclear test "as close as a key is before unlocking a lock"-- says Gohar

ISLAMABAD, May 19 (APP) :Foreign Minister Gohar Ayub Khan has said the conducting of nuclear test by Pakistan is "as close as a key is before unlocking a lock", but we have to see when we should conduct this test. "As it is a political decision, we shall Insha-Allah take the decision after considering the whole situation", said Gohar in an interview with BBC late Sunday. To a question as to what sanctions does Pakistan want against India, the Foreign Minister said, "it is too late and useless to talk of sanctions because G-8 too did nothing significant", adding, "other countries also did not do anything significant. So we are thinking about own defence". "We thought that the G-8 would make a statement that the Indian action had gripped the entire sub-continent into an arms race and Pakistan is under threat", Gohar said. He further said, "Pakistan wants a resolve to all of its disputes with India through negotiation, but as a result of the Indian action, the sub-continent has been engulfed by a nuclear arms race. Although they have not started a war yet they have created an atmosphere almost equal to that", he remarked.

Diplomatic missions to visit USA and other countries

ISLAMABAD, May 19 (APP) :Diplomatic missions will proceed to various countries this week to apprise the international community of the dangerous consequences, emanating from nuclear tests conducted by India. They will visit various countries as special envoys of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and would deliver his message to the world leaders. The diplomatic missions will be visiting USA and other Western countries. The first delegation will shortly leave for USA and European Union countries. They will brief these countries about Pakistan's security concerns and the current regional situation after India's nuclear tests. The delegation for USA comprises Senator Akram Zaki, Col.(Retd) Ghulam Sarwar Cheema MNA and Ejaz-ul-Haq, MNA. Mian Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri MNA will lead the delegation to England, France and Belgium while the delegation for Italy, Germany and Holland will be headed by Mian Abdul Waheed MNA. Senator Akram Zaki is a member of the Pakistani mission that leaves for US on a diplomatic offensive in the face of Indian nuclear tests. He said, New Delhi's act is a brazen expression of its expansionist designs.

Remarks by Pakistan envoy in Moscow "misquoted"

ISLAMABAD, May 19 (APP) :Foreign Office spokesman here Monday stated that KPI report from Moscow published in a section of the Press today has misquoted Pakistan's Ambassador to Russia regarding Pakistan signing CTBT. He said, "in the current situation, Pakistan believes that Indian nuclear tests and nuclear weaponization have rendered irrelevant the non-proliferation regime and the non-proliferation instruments and have posed new challenges and dilemmas." "The Indian action has forced the world to find answers to this new situation."

Gohar briefs Japanese envoy on nuclear issue

ISLAMABAD, May 19 (APP) :Mr. S. Noboru, the Special Envoy of Japan's Prime Minister called on Foreign Minster Gohar Ayub Khan. The Japanese Special Envoy spoke of the Japanese sanctions imposed on India against her nuclear tests and nuclear weaponization. He said that as a result of the extremely regrettable Indian action the Japanese people had felt a sense of outrage. The Foreign Minister briefed the Japanese Special Envoy on the Indian hostility towards Pakistan and the serious threat posed to the country's security by the Indian nuclear test. He deeply regretted that the G-8 countries were totally insensitive to this situation. The Foreign Minister said that Pakistan will take all aspects into account before taking a final decision which will be in keeping with the magnitude of the threat faced by Pakistan and in consonance with the requirements of Pakistan's security and national interest