NEWS SUMMARY (22-05-1998)

Pakistan's nuclear programme far superior to India : Gohar

ISLAMABAD, May 22 (APP) :Foreign Minister, Gohar Ayub Khan said Thursday that Pakistan's nuclear and missile programme is far superior to India. Talking to Zee television on telephone, Gohar Ayub said, unfortunately, the Indian leadership did not behave like a mature nation by exploding nuclear device. "They are up in age but it seems that euphoria and belligerence has taken over them with a false notion", he added. Foreign Minister said, Pakistan's leadership is comparatively younger but it has showed patience and sense of responsibility and did not take decisions in haste and hurry. He said, the statement made by Indian Interior Minister L.K. Advani over Kashmir, would aggravate already tense relations between Pakistan and India.

Special committee of cabinet presents report to Premier

ISLAMABAD, May 22 (APP) :A six-member special committee of the Cabinet on Thursday presented a report to the Prime Minister regarding their meetings with different political leaders and heads of states of friendly countries. Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif had constituted a six- member committee to solicit opinion of different leaders about the situation, arising out of recent Indian nuclear blasts and impending threat to the security of Pakistan. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that government held the public opinion supreme and would not take any decision against the aspiration of the people. He said government would do what it thinks is better for the country. Majid Malik, Gohar Ayub, Raja Mohammad Zafarul Haq, Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Syed Ghous Ali Shah and Sheikh Rashid were present in the meeting.

Pakistan capable of giving a befitting reply to any adventurer : Nawaz

ISLAMABAD, May 22 (APP) :Prime Minister, Mohammad Nawaz Sharif Thursday said that Pakistan is capable of giving a befitting reply to any adventurer. The Premier, apprising the editors of national dailies and periodicals, of the obtaining situation after the Indian nuclear tests, said that "we do not want to react in haste and hurry and any decision, in this regard, will be taken in the best national interest". Nawaz Sharif said that Indian nuclear weaponisation, and threatening posture of the Indian leaders, have endangered peace and security in South-Asia. He particularly expressed serious concern regarding the provocative statement of the Indian leadership about Kashmir dispute. Under the prevailing circumstances, he said, Pakistan can not ignore challenges to its security. The Prime Minister said that India has disturbed the balance of power in the region and by its acts, has proved that she had least regard for the international opinion.

Pakistan has capability to test nuke device: Former Chairman PAEC

ISLAMABAD, May 22 (APP) :Pakistan has technical know-how, material and capability to carry out nuclear test in a short time, said former Chairman, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), Muneer Ahmad Khan. "We must explode the nuclear device to demonstrate our nuclear capability", he said in a Pakistan Television programme "Implications of Indian nuclear test" last night. He said, Pakistan had acquired nuclear technology 10 to 15 years back but decided to exercise restraint because it did not want to be the first which starts the nuclear fire in the sub- continent. The Government is making up its mind after taking all the political, international, strategic, economic and technical factors into account, he said. "We are consulting all our friends. Unfortunately, the response of the world is not enthusiastic", he said.

Development of infrastructure high priority of govt: PM

ISLAMABAD, May 22 (APP) :Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif Thursday said that his government accorded high priority to development of physical infrastructure and communication network with a view to accelerating the pace of socio-economic development in the country. He was talking to a three-member Chinese delegation led by Wang Youg, Chief Executive of Pan-China Company which called on him at the Prime Minister's Secretariat. He said that development and further expansion of the roads and highways would ultimately lead to greater economic and industrial activity thereby giving a big boost to the country's economy.The Chinese delegation lauded the economic policies of the government.

Pakistan denies India's accusation of firing across LoC

ISLAMABAD, May 22 (APP) :Pakistan Thursday denied the Indian Defence Ministry charges of firing of Pakistani troops across the Line of Control to help,"militants" sneak into held Kashmir. "It is a baseless accusation," officials told APP. Following last week's five nuclear tests by India in a gap of two days despite worldwide condemnation, Indian leaders have been giving threatening statements to,"deal firmly with Pakistan," over Kashmir issue. India's Home Minister Lal Krishna Advani said New Delhi's nuclear tests have changed geo-strategic situation in the region and the world. Pakistan while warning India against any misadventure said it would get a swift and befitting reply if it ever dared to attack Azad Kashmir. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said, Pakistan would not sit back on these threats and would take serious note of these irresponsible statements.