News



DATE=5/19/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232456
TITLE=PAK INDIA (L)
BYLINE=MEREDITH BUEL
DATELINE=ISLAMABAD
CONTENT=
VOICED AT: 

INTRO:  PAKISTAN PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF SAYS ISLAMABAD IS 
SHOWING RESTRAINT BY  NOT  TESTING A NUCLEAR DEVICE, BUT HE SAYS 
"PRESSURE IS MOUNTING BY THE HOUR" TO RESPOND TO INDIA'S FIVE 
NUCLEAR TESTS.  THE PRIME MINISTER ALSO SAYS HE IS  NOT  AFRAID 
OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC SANCTIONS LIKELY TO BE IMPOSED SHOULD 
PAKISTAN TEST A NUCLEAR DEVICE.  VOA ISLAMABAD CORRESPONDENT 
MEREDITH BUEL REPORTS.

TEXT:  PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF -- SPEAKING TO REPORTERS IN 
ISLAMABAD -- SAYS PAKISTAN CONTINUES TO SHOW RESTRAINT IN NOT 
TESTING A NUCLEAR DEVICE.

                        // SHARIF ACT //

         I THINK WE WANT TO SHOW TO THE WORLD THAT PAKISTAN IS A 
         RESPONSIBLE COUNTRY.  IT CAN EXERCISE RESTRAINT ON 
         ITSELF.  IF INDIA IS DOING OUT OF SHEER MADNESS WE DO 
         NOT HAVE TO BLINDLY FOLLOW SUIT.  BUT OF COURSE WHATEVER
         WE DO WILL BE DICTATED BY OUR SECURITY CONCERNS -- WILL 
         BE DICTATED BY OUT NATIONAL INTERESTS.

                         // END ACT //  

THE PRIME MINISTER SAYS "THE PRESSURE IS MOUNTING BY THE HOUR" 
FOR PAKISTAN TO TEST A NUCLEAR DEVICE ALTHOUGH HE DID NOT SAY 
WHEN A FINAL DECISION WILL BE MADE.

MR. SHARIF SAYS HE IS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT STATEMENTS BY INDIAN 
GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS REGARDING THE USE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

                        // SHARIF ACT //

         YOU SEE WE ARE TAKING THESE THREATS VERY SERIOUSLY.  
         INDIA THREATENED THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AND SAID IT
         WILL ALSO USE THE NUCLEAR OPTION.  IT HAS NOW TESTED THE
         NUCLEAR BOMB.  ONLY THREE DAYS AGO THE INDIAN PRIME 
         MINISTER AGAIN SAID THAT, IF NEEDED, WE WILL ALSO USE 
         NUCLEAR WEAPONS AGAINST OUR ENEMIES AND AGAINST ANY ONE 
         OF OUR NEIGHBORS.  I THINK THIS IS VERY SERIOUS.  WE 
         HAVE GOT TO TAKE THESE WARNINGS NOW VERY SERIOUSLY.  

                          // END ACT //

MR. SHARIF SAYS PAKISTAN IS DISAPPOINTED AT WHAT HE CALLED THE 
"LUKEWARM" RESPONSE OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO INDIA'S 
NUCLEAR TESTS.  HE SAYS HE SHARED THAT CONCERN IN A PHONE  
CONVERSATION WITH PRESIDENT CLINTON AND BRITISH PRIME MINISTER 
TONY BLAIR.

                        // SHARIF ACT //

         WE ARE STILL WATCHING THE INTERNATIONAL REACTION WHICH 
         IS  NOT  STRONG ENOUGH BECAUSE IF IT WAS STRONG AND IF 
         INDIA WOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN A SEVERE PUNISHMENT I WOULD 
         HAVE THE LEGITIMACY TO GO TO MY PEOPLE SAYING LOOK THIS 
         IS WHAT THE WORLD COMMUNITY HAS DONE AGAINST INDIA AND 
         THEREFORE THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR PAKISTAN TO TEST
         ITS NUCLEAR DEVICE.  BUT THAT IS NOT HAPPENING.

                          // END ACT //

EARLIER -- DURING A SPEECH AT THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS  
FOR STATE-RUN RADIO PAKISTAN -- MR. SHARIF SAID PEOPLE ARE  NOT  
AFRAID OF ECONOMIC SANCTIONS LIKELY TO BE IMPOSED IF THE COUNTRY 
CONDUCTS A NUCLEAR TEST.

     // SHARIF ACT IN URDU THEN UNDER ENGLISH TRANSLATION //

         WHATEVER DECISION WE WILL TAKE, IT WILL BE IN THE BEST 
         INTEREST  OF THE NATION.  AS FAR AS THE SANCTIONS ARE 
         CONCERNED, WE ARE  ALREADY USED TO THESE SANCTIONS.  WE 
         ARE NOT AFRAID OF THESE.   ALL THE JUSTICE LOVING 
         NATIONS SHOULD STAND WITH US IN THIS  MATTER.  OUR 
         FRIENDS ARE ALREADY STANDING WITH US AND MOST 
         IMPORTANTLY OUR PEOPLE ARE STRENGTHENING OUR HANDS.

                          // END ACT //

THE UNITED STATES AND JAPAN SAY THEY WILL IMPOSE SANCTIONS ON 
PAKISTAN IF IT CONDUCTS A NUCLEAR TEST.   (SIGNED)

NEB/MB/KL

19-May-98 9:31 AM EDT (1331 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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