News



DATE=5/13/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232142
TITLE=PAK INDIA NUCLEAR (L)
BYLINE=SARAH HORNER
DATELINE=ISLAMABAD
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  PAKISTAN HAS CONDEMNED INDIA'S LATEST ROUND OF NUCLEAR 
TESTS.  AS SARAH HORNER REPORTS, PAKISTAN'S FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS
THE INDIAN LEADERSHIP HAS -- IN HIS WORDS -- GONE BESERK, AND HE 
WARNS OF AN ARMS RACE IN SOUTH ASIA.  

TEXT:  PAKISTAN HAS BEEN THROWN INTO FURTHER CONFUSION BY INDIA'S
ANNOUNCEMENT IT HAS CONDUCTED TWO MORE NUCLEAR TESTS, FOLLOWING 
THE THREE TESTS MONDAY.  

PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF HAS BEEN IN CONTACT WITH 
PRESIDENT CLINTON TO DISCUSS THE INDIAN TESTING. 

PAKISTANI FOREIGN MINISTER GOHAR AYUB KHAN SPOKE WITH V-O-A ABOUT
PAKISTAN'S REACTION.  

                         // GOHAR ACT //

         I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT THE INDIAN LEADERSHIP SEEMS TO 
         HAVE GONE BESERK.  SO IT SEEMS THAT THEY WERE CONFIDENT 
         THAT THE WEST AND AMERICA WOULD  NOT  RESPOND TOO 
         HARSHLY ON THEM AND THEY'LL GET AWAY AND GET OFF THE 
         HOOK. THIS IS THE SCENARIO BUT, IT IS SUCKING PAKISTAN 
         INTO AN ARMS RACE HEAD ON.

                          // END ACT //

FOREIGN MINISTER KHAN SAYS PAKISTAN IS REVIEWING THE OVERALL 
SITUATION, AND MENTIONS WHAT HE CALLS PAKISTAN'S OPEN CONFLICT 
WITH INDIA OVER KASHMIR.  THE TWO COUNTRIES HAVE FOUGHT THREE 
WARS IN THE PAST 50 YEARS -- TWO OVER THE DISPUTED TERRITORY OF 
KASHMIR.  

MR KHAN SAYS THE GOVERNMENT IS CONSIDERING WHAT TO DO.  HE DID  
NOT  SAY HOW PAKISTAN WILL REACT TO INDIA'S NUCLEAR TESTS. 

                         // GOHAR ACT //

         THE CABINET WILL REVIEW THE SITUATION TO SEE HOW THE 
         SCENARIO IS UNFOLDING, MONITOR THE DEVICES THAT WERE 
         TRIGGERED THE OTHER DAY -- WHICH  WE HAVE MONITORED AND 
         ANALYSED -- WE WILL BE MONITORING THESE TWO DEVICES  
         THAT HAVE BEEN TRIGGERED TODAY. AND WE HAVE A FAIRLY 
         ELABORATE SYSTEM TO DO THAT.

                          // END ACT //

A STATEMENT ISSUED BY PAKISTAN'S FOREIGN MINISTRY CALLS INDIA'S 
LATEST TESTS PARTICULARLY PROVOCATIVE.  IT SAYS THE TESTS ARE 
AIMED AT WHAT IT CALLS THE PERFECTION OF BATTLEFIELD TACTICAL 
WEAPONS THREATENING THE SECURITY OF INDIA'S IMMEDIATE NEIGHBORS. 
THE STATEMENT REITERATES PAKISTAN WILL TAKE ALL MEASURES TO 
PROTECT THREATS TO PAKISTAN'S NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERESTS. 

THERE IS MOUNTING PUBLIC PRESSURE ON THE GOVERNMENT TO CONDUCT 
ITS OWN NUCLEAR TEST, DESPITE THE THREAT OF INTERNATIONAL 
SANCTIONS.  (SIGNED) 

NEB/SLH /MMK

13-May-98 9:53 AM EDT (1353 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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