Talbott due for talks on non-proliferation

ISLAMABAD, Feb 1 (APP) :U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott arrives here Monday in continuation of his talks with Pakistani officials on security and non-proliferation issues. Talbott's visit is the first by a senior U.S. official to Pakistan after Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif's visit to the United States in December last. Foreign Secretary Shamshad Ahmed will lead Pakistani side at the eighth round of his talks with Talbott and his team. Officials said Pakistan and the United States had made notable progress in the previous rounds of talks, " towards the objective of security and non-proliferation in the region." Islamabad and Washington, they said, have convergent approaches on a number of issues like Comprehensive Test Treaty (CTBT), nuclear exports controls and the need for mutual strategic restraint by Pakistan and India. Officials said Pakistan maintains a positive attitude towards international non-proliferation concerns, "while safeguarding its vital national interests and the need to maintain credible nuclear deterrence against Indian aggression or blackmail". They cited the speech of the Prime Minister at the U.N. General Assembly in September last stating that Pakistan was ready to adhere to CTBT," in an atmosphere free of coercion." Sources said Pakistan is staunchly opposed to the export of fissile material and nuclear technology to the third countries. "We are in the process of enacting a law providing for a fool- proof control on exports of sensitive technology," the officials said. They also referred to India's negative approach that hampers the realization of the objectives of security and non- proliferation to which both Pakistan and the United States have subscribed.

Nawaz urges nation to observe Kashmir day with zeal and zest

LAHORE, Feb 1 (APP) :Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has directed the federal and provincial governments to observe Kashmir day with zeal and zest across the country after the nuclear test by Pakistan, to express their high degree of solidarity with the freedom fighter of occupied Kashmir. Pakistan is observing the first Kashmir day after it conducted nuclear tests on May 28. Talking to APP here Sunday , Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Information and Media Development, Mian Anwar- Ul- Haq Ramay said that a national seminar on Kashmir will be held in federal capital on February 4 (Thursday) under the auspices of Information ministry and Kashmir Committee of the National Assembly for which all leading political parties including PPP have been consented to join. He said that present government under the sagacious leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, has already successfully highlighted the Kashmir issue at international level and has drawn the attention of all important world leaders about the series of atrocities being perpetuated on innocent freedom fighters by the Indian para military troops in occupied Kashmir to suppress the liberation struggle.

Muslims across globe to express solidarity with Kashmiris on Feb 5

ISLAMABAD, Feb 1 (APP) :Every February 5, well-wishers and supporters of human liberty and dignity all over the world, in unison with the Kashmiri people, express solidarity with Kashmiri struggle for freedom. On this year's Solidarity Day too there will be a world- wide-wide call on India for allowing Kashmiris to freely exercise their right of self-determination- so brutally being opposed by governments in India-and for ending the genocide of Kashmiri people, says a press release . In Britain, Kashmiris from all over the country will hold anti-India demonstration opposite the Indian High Commission in London from 2 to 4 in the afternoon of Friday, February 5, 1999.

Nawaz Government making special efforts to invigorate ,"Look East Policy"

ISLAMABAD, Feb 1 (APP) :Nawaz Sharif's Government is striving to invigorate its ,"Look East Policy," to enhance economic and trade relations with China, Japan and other countries in South East Asia. A cursory look on the last two years will indicate there were many high level visits and solid steps initiated to realize the goal of further cementing its relationship with the countries situated in South East Asia. The main purpose of this policy was to ensure that the country is put on the path of progress and prosperity, said Foreign Office sources here. Nawaz Sharif, since its assumption of office has twice visited China which further deepen ," a constructive partnership," between the two countries, "China's understanding of Pakistan's nuclear tests amply reflects this positive trend," said FO sources. Both the countries have signed a number of important agreements which took their relations to ," a new high."

2100 armymen including 55 Indian officers killed in IHK in 1998

MUZAFFARABAD, Feb 1 (APP) :Supreme Commander of the Hizbul- Mujahideen Syed Salauddin has said that more than 72% of Indian troops deployed in occupied Kashmir were suffering from depression because of losses being inflicted on them by Kashmiri Mujahideen. Salauddin said about 2100 Indian troops including 55 officers were killed by the Mujahideen, whereas more than 950 Mujahideen were martyred in 1998. He made these views while addressing at the Eid-millan party here Sunday. Salauddin said that Rs. 400 million are being spent daily on the maintenance of forces in Kashmir by India. He said that the on-going freedom struggle has been spread throughout the state of Jammu & Kashmir and the Indian Forces had to face heavy loss at the hands of Mujahideen in 1998. He said that Mujahideen have stepped up its actions in Rajouri, Poonch, Doda and Laddakh besides the valley of Kashmir.

Hindu fanaticism vindicates partition of sub-continent: Mushahid

ISLAMABAD, Feb 1 (APP) :Information and Culture Minister Mushahid Hussain has said the attacks by Hindu fanatics on minority communities in India has vindicated the struggle of Muslims of sub-continent for a separate homeland. "The growing wave of Hindu fanaticism against Christians, Muslims and other minorities vindicates the partition of sub- continent and stand of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah," he said at a seminar on,"Media Image of Islam and Muslims." The seminar was organized by National University of Science and Technology (NUST). Mushahid Hussain said Islam is now rated as the fastest growing religion in America and the Europe. "There is a full fledged Muslim state in the heart of Europe - Bosnia Herzegovina - which has emerged from a savage war." He paid glowing tributes to the Muslims of Bosnia as well as Kashmir for braving the atrocities of oppressors in their heroic struggle for freedom."Following second world war, Kashmir and Bosnia are the only two places where the rape is used as a weapon of war," he added.