07/0800 HOURS OF 28-5-1998 (THURSDAY)

WASIM: The Chairman Senate Mr. Wasim Sajjad, heading a four-member Senate delegation has had meetings with the President of Australian Senate Ms. Margaret Elizabeth Reid and Speaker of the Representative Mr. Ian Sinclair in Canberra.

The Senate Chairman briefed the presiding officers of the Australian Parliament in detail about the security scenario in South Asia and the threat which Pakistan is facing in the wake of recent Indian nuclear testing.

He apprised them about the belligerent statements being issued by the Indian leadership against Pakistan.

Mr. Wasim Sajjad also pointed out that the core issue between Pakistan and India is Kashmir. Unless it is resolved in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions, peace and security cannot be guaranteed in South Asia.

He urged the Australian government to use its influence with India for resolution of this long-standing dispute between the two countries and halt to massive human right violations in Indian-held Kashmir.

Later, the Chairman Senate had a meeting with the members of Joint Standing Committee of Parliament on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

SURVEY : According to a survey conducted by GALLUP Pakistan, 77 per cent Pakistanis are satisfied with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s handling of the situation in the backdrop of Indian nuclear tests.

A large majority of people believes that America will not be even-handed in case of Pakistan and will impose tougher sanctions against it if it carried out a test similar to India.

KASHMIR: In occupied Kashmir, Indian occupation troops have let loose reign of terror in Baramula and Kupwara districts.

Delegations from 7 villages in Pattan area of Baramula district while narrating the woeful tales of atrocities by troops said youth were particular target of military violence. They were grabbed, taken to military camps and made to undergo forced labour. Similar tales of horror were told by delegation from three places in Kupwara district.

21/2200 HOURS OF 27-5-1998 (WEDNESDAY)

PM-PHONE : President Suleman Demiral of Turkey and the British and Japanese Prime Ministers discussed with Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on telephone the situation arising out of the Indian nuclear explosions and their impact on regional peace and security.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif informed the three leaders of the grave threat posed to Pakistan’s security. He said the Indian action had adversely affected the balance of power in the region and exposed South Asia to the danger of a new arms race. Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said the Indian action has been widely condemned the world over and New Delhi stands isolated in the international community.

He made it clear that although Pakistan is peace loving country, yet it is capable of giving a befitting response to any potential aggressor. He also briefed them about Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir and recent belligerent statement of Indian leaders.

The Turkish President appreciated Pakistan legitimate security concern in the wake of mounting Indian threat. He reaffirmed support to Pakistan.

Prime Minister Tony Blair said Britain fully realises the precarious situation created as a result of Indian nuclear explosions. He agreed that the Indian explosions had exposed the whole region to instability. Mr. Tony Blair appreciated Pakistan’s policy of restraint in the face of Indian provocation.

NUCLEAR-SAUDI: The Saudi cabinet has reiterated its support Pakistan over the nuclear tests by India, viewing these as a source of danger and threat to all neighbouring countries.

The cabinet meeting presided over by King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz emphasised that India should work for settlement of differences through peaceful means.

PRESIDENT: President Muhammad Rafique Tarar has said the government is fully aware of national defence needs and there will be no compromise on national integrity.

In a brief chat with newsmen after inauguration of the Prime Minister’s Literacy Scheme in Layyah Wednesday, he said national security and solidarity are on top of the government agenda.

To a question about nuclear explosion, he said we are closely watching the reaction on Indian nuclear tests and our decision would be in the supreme national interest.

MUSHAHID: The Federal Minister for Information Mr. Mushahid Hussain Syed met former caretaker Prime Minister Malik Meraj Khalid in Islamabad Wednesday as part of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s policy of wide-ranging consultations in connection with Indian nuclear tests.

Malik Meraj Khalid spelled out his perspective on the situation and advised the government to weigh all opinions in this regard.

KASHMIR: The Chairman of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Syed Ali Gilani has asked India to give up nuclear-rattling and aggressive stance to avert danger of another armed conflict in South Asia.

He was addressing a gathering in Srinagar in connection with chehlum of S. Hameed who was shot dead by Indian troops.

Ali Gilani made it clear that APHC would not compromise on the right of self-determination of Kashmiri people or deviate from the course of liberation in the face of brute force.

Meanwhile, the Executive Council of the APHC at its meeting in Srinagar thoroughly reviewed stepped up military action to suppress the liberation movement in the contest of Indian nuclear blasts.