1- Pakistan successfully conducts five nuclear tests today. Declares Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif during address to the nation on T.V. and radio a short while ago.
2- Prime Minister announces austerity measures - calls upon the nation to get ready to face the future challenges.
3- Urges countrymen to end corruption, smuggling, tax evasion and theft of electricity and gas.
4- Foreign office says, befitting response will be given in case of attack on Pakistan's nuclear installations.
5- Technical and industrial break-through imperative to cope with modern day challenges says President Mohammad Rafiq Tarar.
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Ptv corespondent Moheuddin reports that the people in every nook and corner of the country appreciated Prime Minister's bold stand on this hour of trial and affirmed their whole hearted support to him. They also lauded austerity measures announced by the Prime Minister. The people congratulated the Pakistan leadership for such a courageous and heroic decision.
Prime minister Mr. Mohammad Nawaz Sharif today attended a presentation at the national defence college in Islamabad which marked the culmination of national defence course attended by senior civil and armed forces officers including participants from 12 friendly countries. the discourse focused on Pakistan's national security perspective in the changed global and regional environment in the aftermath of Indian nuclear explosion and dilated on policy options open to Pakistan. various defence and Socio-economic strategies, priorities and plans for the country were also discussed and the foreign policy options in the new perspective were examined.
The Pakistan foreign office has said, the country is fully prepared to meet any eventuality in its defence and is capable of giving a befitting response in case of an attack on Pakistan's nuclear installations. In a statement issued in Islamabad today, the foreign office said, in the wake of the Indian nuclear tests, Pakistan has been receiving information of the possibility of attacks on its nuclear installations. The purpose behind this action would be to prevent Pakistan from taking an appropriate decision in the supreme national interest. The statement said, credible information was received lastnight that an attack was to be mounted before dawn. The Indian high commissioner in Islamabad was summoned to the foreign office at 1.00 a.m. and clearly told that any attack on Pakistan's nuclear facilities would be in violation of our existing agreement against attacks on such facilities. he was asked to convey to new Delhi that Pakistan expected the Indian government to desist from any irresponsible act.
RAIN WITH DUST THUNDERSTORM IS EXPECTED AT SCATTERED PLACES OF UPPER NWFP, UPPER PUNJAB AND KASHMIR.