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English News Headlines 1800 hrs dated 14-05-1998

HEADLINES:

1- THE FEDERAL CABINET UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVES THAT LEGITIMATE SECURITY AND DEFENCE INTEREST OF THE COUNTRY ARE SUPREME AND WILL NOT BE COMPROMISED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.

2- THE PRIME MINISTER MR.MOHAMMAD NAWAZ SHARIF SAYS PAKISTAN RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MAKE ALL STEPS TO SAFEGUARD ITS NATIONAL SECURITY IN THE FACE OF INDIAN NUCLEAR TESTS. 3- A WOODEN DOOR IN THE PREMISES OF AL-AQSA MOSQUE SET ON FIRE BY SOME MISCREANTS.

NEWS IN DETAIL:

THE CABINET EXAMINED ALL ASPECTS OF THE ISSUE AND UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED THAT PAKISTAN'S LEGITIMATE SECURITY AND DEFENCE INTERESTS ARE SUPREME, WHICH UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, CAN BROOK ANY COMPROMISE.

THE CABINET NOTED WITH SATISFACTION THAT THE COUNTRY'S STATE OF PREPAREDNESS AND DEFENCE CAPABILITY CAN DETER ANY THREAT EMANATING FROM ANY QUARTER.

THE CABINET EXPRESSED FULL FAITH AND CONFIDENCE THAT THE GOVERNMENT UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE PRIME MINISTER MR. MOHAMMAD NAWAZ SHARIF HAS THE POLITICAL WILL, THE READINESS AND ABILITY TO PRESERVE, PROTECT AND PROMOTE PAKISTAN'S VITAL NATIONAL INTEREST AT ANY COST AND UNDER ALL CIRCUMSTANCES.

WORLDWIDE CONDEMNATION OF NUCLEAR TESTS CARRIED OUT BY INDIA ON MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY CONTINUES. CHINA TODAY STRONGLY CONDEMNED INDIA'S NUCLEAR TESTS.

IN A STATEMENT THE CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN MR. ZHU BANG ZAO SAID THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT IS SHOCKED AND STRONGLY CONDEMNS INDIA'S TWO NUCLEAR TESTS ON WEDNESDAY AND THREE OTHERS ON MONDAY.

MR. ZHU SAID THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY SHOULD ADOPT A UNIFIED STAND AND STRONGLY DEMAND THAT INDIA IMMEDIATELY STOP DEVELOPMENT OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS. HE FURTHER SAID IT WILL BRING VERY SERIOUS RESULTS FOR PEACE AND STABILITY IN SOUTH ASIAN REGION AND EVEN IN THE WORLD. HE WARNED THAT INDIA'S ACTIONS COULD SPARK A DANGEROUS ARMS RACE IN THE REGION. THE SPOKESMAN SAID INDIA WAS TRYING TO MAKE CHINA A SCAPE GOAT BY CLAIMING IT TO BE A NUCLEAR THREAT TO JUSTIFY ITS OWN AMBITION TO DOMINATE SOUTH ASIA.

IN WASHINGTON PROTESTORS GATHERED OUTSIDE THE INDIAN EMBASSY AND CRITICISED INDIA'S DECISION TO CONDUCT THE TESTS.

U.S. SECRETARY OF DEFENCE TOLD NEWSMEN THAT INDIA'S NUCLEAR TESTS MAY SET OFF A CHAIN REACTION. IN CANBUROUGH, AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER JOHN HOWARD DEPLORED AND CONDEMNED INDIA'S TESTS AND SAID IT IS AN IRRESPONSIBLE ACTION FOR GAINING DOMESTIC POLITICAL POPULARITY.

IN WELLINGTON, NEWZEALAND FOREIGN MINISTER DUN MCKINNON IN A MEETING WITH INDIAN AMBASSADOR WAS EQUALLY HARSH IN HIS CRITICISM. ABOUT SANCTIONS AGAINST INDIA HE WELCOMED U.S. MOVES AND GAVE NOTICE HIS COUNTRY MIGHT FOLLOW SUIT.

AND IN TOKYO, JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER MR. HASHIMOTO HAS ANNOUNCED STEPPED UP SANCTIONS AGAINST INDIA SUSPENDING NEW YEN LOANS AND TEMPORARILY WITHDRAWING TOKYO'S AMBASSADOR FROM NEW DELHI. THE NEW SANCTIONS FOLLOWED JAPAN'S HALTING OF GRANT TO INDIA ON WEDNESDAY.

SPEAKING AT A BANQUET HOSTED IN HONOUR OF THE DELEGATES TO THE PAKISTAN DEVELOPMENT FORUM IN ISLAMABAD LAST NIGHT THE PRIME MINISTER MR.MUHAMMAD NAWAZ SHARIF SAID PAKISTAN RESERVES THE RIGHT TO TAKE ALL STEPS TO SAFEGUARD ITS NATIONAL SECURITY IN THE FACE OF INDIAN NUCLEAR TESTS. HE SAID, PAKISTAN WOULD FIRMLY RESIST NEW DELHI AMBITIONS TO ESTABLISH HEGEMONY IN SOUTH ASIA.

THE PRIME MINISTER SAID AS A RESULT OF ECONOMIC REFORMS AND INITIATIVES INFLATION HAS SUBSIDED AND FISCAL AND EXTERNAL BALANCES HAVE IMPROVED. HE SAID, GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO CONTINUE THE ECONOMIC REFORMS PROGRAMME AIMED AT RAPID ECONOMIC GROWTH.

THE FEDERAL CABINET WHICH MET IN ISLAMABAD TODAY UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE PRIME MINISTER MR.MOHAMMAD NAWAZ SHARIF REVIEWED THE SERIOUS THREAT TO PEACE AND SECURITY IN THE REGION ARISING AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THE NUCLEAR TESTS BY INDIA.

A LEADING EXPERT ON INDIAN-CHINESE TIES HAS ACCUSED INDIA OF DESTROYING THE INTERNATIONAL TREND OF DISARMAMENT AFTER THE COLD WAR.

THE FEDERAL CABINET TODAY COMPREHENSIVELY REVIEWED ALL ASPECTS OF NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE THREATS POSED TO IT AS A RESULT OF INDIAN NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS. VCR

THE CABINET WHICH MET UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE PRIME MINISTER MR.MOHAMMAD NAWAZ SHARIF DECIDED NOT TO YIELD TO ANY UNILATERAL AND DISCRIMINATORY PRESSURE FROM ANY QUARTER ON MATTERS PERTAINING TO NATIONAL SECURITY.

IT DECIDED THAT PAKISTAN'S RESPONSE WOULD BE IN CONSONANCE WITH THE THREATS THAT IT FACES AND IN KEEPING WITH REQUIREMENTS OF VITAL NATIONAL SECURITY ENVIRONMENT. THE MEETING EXPRESSED SATISFACTION OVER THE STATE OF DEFENCE PREPAREDNESS IN RESPONSE TO THE NEW CHANGED SITUATION.

A FOREIGN OFFICE SPOKESMAN TOLD A NEWS BRIEFING IN ISLAMABAD TODAY THAT ALL THE NON-PROLIFERATION INSTRUMENTS HAVE BECOME IS RELEVANT WITH THE NEW STRATEGIC SITUATION WHICH HAS ARISON AS A RESULT OF INDIAN NUCLEAR BLASTS.

HE SAID THIS IS AN OPERATIONALISATION OF INDIA'S HEGEMONIC AND DESIGNS WHICH THE PRIME MINISTER MR. MOHAMMAD NAWAZ SHARIF POINTED OUT TO THE HEADS OF STATES AND GOVERNMENT OF UNITED STATES, U.K, FRANCE, RUSSIA, CHINA, JAPAN, ITALY, BELGIUM, SPAIN AND GERMANY IN HIS LETTER OF 2ND APRIL.

HE SAID UNFORTUNATELY THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY CONTINUE TO DISREGARD THE SERIES OF ESCALATORY STEPS TAKEN BY INDIA ON NUCLEAR AND BALLISTIC LADDER. HE SAID PAKISTAN'S RESPONSE WILL BE A CONSIDERED, SOBER AND COMPREHENSIVE KEEPING IN VIEW THE AMOUNT AND NATURE OF POST TO ITS NATIONAL SECURITY AND SOVEREIGNTY.