07/0800 HOURS OF 20-5-1998(WEDNESDAY)

PM SECURITY: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistanís security was the most paramount factor and at no cost it could be jeopardised.

According to APP in his letter to the Chief of Muttahida Qaumi Movement Altaf Hussain, the Prime Minister said whatever decision we take, will be reflective of national aspirations and in accordance with the national security concerns.

He said Pakistan has the nuclear capability and can face any aggression but at the same time it does not believe in politics of tit-for-tat.

NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT: Pakistan told the conference on Disarmament in Geneva Tuesday that the testing policy declarations and now the threats by India have created a situation of grave crisis in our region.

Ambassador Munir Akram drew the attention of the plenary session of the conference on Disarmament towards further developments taking place in the dangerous situation following Indiaís 5 nuclear tests last week.

In this context he said, Pakistan government wishes to draw attention to the series of statements that have emanated from the highest levels of the Indian leadership on this issue.

On the other hand he said Pakistan has been asked to exercise restraint and he believed that it will be apparent to all through our responses, our statements and our actions that we have acted with circumspection and restraint. But, we have to respond to the threat which is now posed to our security and indeed to our survival and we must take into account not only our capabilities but also the responses of the international community.

MUSHAHID NUKE: Japan has assured Pakistan that it will put full diplomatic pressure on its friendly countries including the members of Group of Eight to mobilise their opinion against Indian nuclear designs.

Information Minister Mushahid Hussain Sayed in an interview in Islamabad Tuesday said Japan has strongly condemned and created to Indian nuclear tests by seizing aid to India and calling back its ambassador from New Delhi.

BENAZIR: The PPP Chairperson Benazir Bhutto has said that the Indian nuclear tests are direct threat to Pakistanís security and the government should take steps to safe-guard national security. She was talking to reporters in Karachi on her return from Dubai Tuesday.

Commenting on the Indian Home Ministerís statement on Kashmir she said it was shocking but not unanticipated.

KASHMIR: In occupied Kashmir extensive siege and search operation was carried out in upper forest area of Lolab and a number of innocent people were arrested.

According to Associated Press, Indian troops in Cheekhri village, 250 kilometres north-west of Jammu, conducted a raid and shot dead 4 innocent civilians. The troops opened fire at their houses in the village.

Freedom Fighters attacked a military patrol at Kandisar in Lolab area, killing 3 soldiers . Two more troops were killed when a military camp was attacked at Malangaam in Bandipura area.

SHUJAAT: Interior Minister Ch. Shujaat Hussain has said that Pak-China friendship is so deep-rooted that it can not be affected by vicissitudes taking place anywhere in the world.

Talking to Chinese Security delegation led by Mr. Liu Yachua in Islamabad Tuesday, he said that both the countries had been cooperating in various fields and this cooperation would further grow in the days to come.

Mr. Liu Yachua said that both the friendly countries shared their perceptions on many international and regional issues.

21/2200 HOURS OF 19-5-1998(TUESDAY)

NAWAZ: The Prime Minister has said nuclear tests by India have adversely affected the balance of power in the region and it was imperative to correct that imbalance.

Launching the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Radio, Pakistan in Islamabad Tuesday morning, he said rectifying this imbalance would safeguard security of Pakistan and also of the whole region. He said Pakistan is ready to face any threat as the world fully knows our defence capability.

Mr. Nawaz Sharif said the world must appreciate Pakistanís policy of self-restraint and patience and help it. He pointed out that the ill-advised policy to detonate nuclear devices by the fundamentalist BJP government has pushed the region into a difficult situation. He said when he was making efforts for talks with India to resolve outstanding problems including Kashmir, the Indian government was preparing for atomic tests.

PRESS TALKS: Talking to newsmen after inaugurating the Golden Jubilee celebration the Prime Minister said that Pakistan is taking the nuclear and other threats by India very seriously.

He said the Indian Home Minister has now openly threatened to undertake adventure in Azad Kashmir. He said the reaction of the international community is a little disappointing for Pakistan. He said Russia and France have not imposed sanctions against India.

Asked about his telephonic conversations with President Clinton and British Prime Minister Tony Blair Monday, the Prime Minister said he told the two leaders that the G-8 Summit has failed to condemn strongly and take a strong note of Indian nuclear tests.

Replying to a question the Prime Minister posed a counter question that who does not know that Pakistan has the nuclear capability. He said Pakistan wants the world, to know that it was a responsible country and was exercising restraint. He said Pakistan does not need to follow India blindly.

Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said whatever we would do, it would be dictated by our national interest and security concerns.

He said pressure is mounting on his government from the people of Pakistan as well as the political parties demanding a nuclear test.

SPOKESMAN: A foreign office spokesman has termed the threat by Indian Home Minister Mr. L.K. Advani as naked assertion of Indian hostile intentions towards Pakistan but said Pakistan cannot be borwbeaten by such threats.

The spokesman was commenting on Mr. Advaniís threat to deal firmly and strongly with Pakistan. He said Pakistan is prepared to defend itself and any Indian misadventure would certainly attract a swift and telling reply.

The spokesman said Pakistan urges the world community to take a serious note of the irresponsible Indian threats.

PM ENVOY: Special envoy of the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Jabir Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah arrived in Islamabad Tuesday with a message for Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

The Kuwaiti envoy Mr. Abdul Rehman Al-Atiqi is visiting Pakistan aimed heightened concern about the security environment of the region following the Indian Nuclear tests.

MEETING: The Secretary General of Pakistan Muslim League and Finance Minister, Sartaj Aziz met Secretary General of Jamiat-Ulema-e-Islam Maulana Fazlur Rehman in Islamabad Tuesday and discussed with him the situation arising out of the Indian Atomic explosion.

The Federal Minister for Petroleum Chaudhry Nisar Ali held a meeting with the Chief of National people Party Mr. Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi in Karachi Tuesday and briefed him about the governmentís stance.

KASHMIR: Reports from Jammu said dusk to dawn curfew has been imposed in Rajouri, poonch, Surankot and Maindher. People were ordered to remain indoors and warned that any one seen out of the house would be shot dead.

Meanwhile, a number of people were injured when the troops resorted to brute forces to disperse anti-India demonstrations at Pirbagh and Hyderpura, in the suburbs of Srinagar. A women protest procession was also made target of violence at Hawual locality of the city, injuring dozens of women.

APHC: The All Parties Hurrriyat Conference has reiterated Kashmirisí determination to continue liberation struggle till the mission of those martyred for this objective, is realised.

Addressing a seminar in Srinagar Tuesday the APHC leaders including its Chairman Syed Ali Gilani and former Chairman Mir Waiz Umer Farooq declared that liberation spirit of the Kashmiri people could not be dampened by Indian nuclear blasts.