NEWS SUMMARY (26-05-1998)

Ehtesab Bureau contacts British officials regarding BB's list

ISLAMABAD, May 26 (APP) : The Ehtesab Bureau has contacted the British officials to know the facts regarding the Benazir Bhutto's claims about the alleged involvement of prominent personalities in drug trafficking. Benazir Bhutto on Sunday released a list to the journalists at her press conference alleging prominent figures of the country were involved in drug pedalling. The Ehtesab Bureau has approached the British officials to know the factual position in this regard and if any list was provided by them, said Chairman Ehtesab Bureau, Saif-ur-Rehman while talking to journalists here on Monday. Saif while condemning Benazir said that she has tried to accuse national institutions and respectful personalities in heinous crimes.

Gen. Jehangir Karamat visits a Corps Headquarters

RAWALPINDI, May 26 (APP): General Jehangir Karamat, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), visited Monday morning a Corps Headquarters responsible for operations along the Line of Control. According to an ISPR press release he was received by the Corps Commander, met the officers and was briefed on operational aspects. The day-long briefing was attended by senior field commanders and staff officers. Addressing the officers, the Chief of Army Staff said that the 'proactive' policy being advocated from across the border would mean that the Indian Army, in addition to its operations against the freedom-struggle in Indian Held Kashmir, could also be operating along the UN-monitored Line of Control, thereby liking the two distinct situations. The Pakistan Army, which was strictly restricted to the LoC operations, would have to change its stance since all restraints to maintain threshold levels would have been removed. "This scenario could have serious implications and must figure prominently in your operational framework", he added.

Pakistan nuclear test held back during Benazir's government

WASHINGTON, DC May 26 (APP): The Washington Post, May 25, quotes sources that Pakistan was prevented to proceed with preparations of a nuclear test in 1995, during Benazir Bhutto's government. The Washington Post in its front page story reported that Pakistan was in the midst of preparing a test explosion in December 1995, when U.S. intelligence discovered the preparations and U.S. officials confronted top Pakistan officials with satellite images confirming their plans. The U.S. officials, then brokered a deal to halt the preparations. The Washington Post quotes Pakistani officials that in 1995, had we been allowed to complete all the technical preparations, it would have saved a lot of time and effort being consumed today.

SC adjourns Sajjad's review petition for Tuesday

ISLAMABAD, May 26 (APP) :Nine-member bench constituted to hear Sajjad Ali Shah's review petitions on Monday has adjourned the hearing for tomorrow on the request of the counsels for the petitioner. The bench comprising, Justice Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui, Justice Irshad Hasan Khan, Justice Raja Afrasiab Khan, Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid, Justice Munawar Mirza, Justice Khalil-ur- Rehman, Justice Ijaz Nisar, Justice Abdur-Rehman Khan and Justice Sheikh Riaz Ahmed will hear the petition Tuesday. On the very outset the Advocate on Record Mehr Khan told the court that Hafeez Pirzada counsel for Sajjad Ali Shah has requested for adjournment as he could not come to Islamabad. The court asked Mehr Khan Malik whether he has submitted the attested copies of the judgement of the court which is under review. Mehr Khan Malik said that he would file the copies Tuesday.

Hi-jackers admit linkage with Indian agents

HYDERABAD, May 26 (APP) : The three hi-jackers of PIA Fokker have admitted their linkage with Indian agents. According to an official press release issued here Monday, the SSP Hyderabad district, Akhtar Hassan Gorchani said that the hijackers of PK-554, who were arrested after a brief operation, have accepted that they were Indian Agents. The SSP, who played an active role during the operation,said that the hijackers have confessed this during the initial interrogation. The SSP said that the hijackers informed that they have planned to land the hijacked plane PK-554 at Jodhpur Airport of India, where an Indian Agent will receive them.

Zafar-ul-Haq calls for greater cooperation and unity among Muslim countries

ISLAMABAD, May 26 (APP): Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Minorities, Raja Zafar Ul Haq Monday called for cooperation and greater unity among Muslim countries, to meet the challenges of the 21st century. He expressed these views while addressing as chief guest here at the national day function of Azerbijan. The function was organized by Chairman Pakistan-Azerbijan Friendship Association Zafar Bakhtawari and was addressed by Ambassador of Azerbijan to Pakistan Asfandiar Wahabzada, Ambassador of Turkey to Pakistan Bozkurt Aran, Ahmad Hassan Dhani and Zafar Bakhtawari. Zafar Ul Haq asked the Muslim countries to educate and enlighten their youth with the glorious past history and achievements of the Muslims in the world.

Govt not to compromise on national security issues: Mushahid

RAWALPINDI, May 26 (APP): Information Minister Mushahid Hussain Sayed on Monday said the government will not compromise on national security issues, and is well aware of the expansionary Indian designs. He was talking to Allama Sajid Ali Naqvi, Head of Tehrik-e- Jafaria here at Naqvi's residence, as a part of government's consultations with major political forces on the situation arising after the Indian nuclear tests. Mushahid said that the government knows the popular sentiments of the people, and sought his opinion in this regard. Naqvi assured the minister of his party's full support to the government whatever decision it takes for the national security, in the larger national interest, and urged the nation to unite at this critical juncture.

AJK to be turned into graveyard if India attacks: Sultan

ISLAMABAD, May 26 (APP): AJK Prime Minister Barrister Sultan Mahmood Monday met with Foreign Minister Gohar Ayub Khan and discussed Indian nuclear blasts and situation as obtained on the Line of Control. Gohar Ayub said the government of Pakistan is fully conscious of the serious regional situation in the wake of Indian nuclear tests and will take all possible measures to cope with it. He said government would foil all nefarious designs of the enemy with the help of the people. AJK Prime Minister said, the people of Azad Kashmir are in high spirit and his government has taken all steps for protection of life and property of the people living along the line of control. He said there is complete unity among the people of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir for giving a befitting reply to any Indian aggression. Sultan said defence committees have been constituted in the border areas and people have been alerted. "Azad Kashmir will be turned into a graveyard of Indian army if it dared to attack it."

Mushahid for suggestions to prevent misuse of internet on racial and religious issues

ISLAMABAD, May 26 (APP) :Information Minister Mushahid Hussain Sayed on Monday called upon the internet experts to forward suggestions for a piece of legislation which being "compatible with freedom of communication" should discourage the misuse of the global facility in issues pertaining to race and religion. He was speaking at an international seminar on 'Use and Misuse of the Internet'. "I feel this opportunity should be used for in-depth deliberations to suggest a piece of legislation which, staying compatible with freedom of communication, should discourage the misuse of the internet as it hurts the cultural norms and sensibilities of others," Mushahid stated. Referring to the Indian nuclear tests , he said, the Internet can also heighten issues pertaining to race and religion as has been the case in the aftermath of New Delhi's actions. "There has been a lot of talk about Pakistan's being capable of producing an Islamic bomb even the country's having not actually conduced a nuclear test - while the fundamentalism of the BJP has been ignored ."