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19-05-1998

07/0800 HOURS OF 19-5-1998 (TUESDAY)

TELEPHONE : Pakistan has conveyed all aspects of its stand on the situation arising out of recent Indian nuclear tests, stressing the need for international community to take effective measures against India.

The Federal Information Minister, Mr. Mushahid Hussain Syed, said this after his meeting with the special envoy of the Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Seiichiro Noboru, who called on him in Islamabad last night.

He said Japan stands on a high moral ground to campaign against nuclear proliferation as it was the only country which became victim of atomic bombs during the World War-Two. However, Pakistan has asked Japan to use her good offices on major powers of the world so that the international community comes out with required punishment for a country who has not only gone against the world consensus but also dared to explode nuclear devices without any justification.

The Information Minister said that Pakistan has told Japan that Pakistan's first priority was to maintain national security and pointed out that the western countries and Japan have yet to put forward a proposal which could really dispel Pakistan's security concerns in the wake of Indian nuclear tests.

PAK-UAE : Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has told the rulers of brotherly Muslim Gulf states that nuclear tests conducted by India, posed a very serious threat to global peace.

He had a telephonic conversation with Sheikh Jabir Al Ahmad Al Jabar Al Sabah of Kuwait, Sheikh Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa Crown Prince of Bahrain and Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani of Qatar yesterday.

The Prime Minister said India had conducted five nuclear tests in a clear and flagrant violation of international laws. The international community should penalise India for this act.

Mr.Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said India had destabilised the entire region. It now posed a direct threat to the security and integrity of Pakistan. He said we are fully aware of our responsibilities and will take any action to safeguard our security and integrity.

The Muslim leaders lauded the restraint shown by Pakistan despite possessing nuclear capability.

The Crown Prince of Bahrain said he would send a special envoy for holding consultation with Pakistan.

The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan also called on the Prime Minister in Lahore yesterday.

During the meeting, the security situation arising out of the recent developments in the region, came under discussion.

PAK-JAPAN : Japan says it shares the concern of Pakistan government to the threats posed to its security by the Indian nuclear tests.

This was stated by the Special envoy of Japanese Prime Minister Mr.Seiichiro Noboru at a news conference in Islamabad last night after talks with the Pakistani leaders.

He said Japan will appreciate a restraint from Pakistan and Japanese government would consider intensifying economic aid to Pakistan.

About the threats posed to Pakistan and the region by the Indian nuclear tests, he said every country has the right to make its defence policy.

Mr.Noboru said Japan has imposed economic sanctions on India and would adopt a cautious approach in the discussions for aid to India by international financial institutions.

Japan has also postponed a scheduled meeting of the Indian development fund which was scheduled to be held in Tokyo next month. Japan has also recalled its Ambassador in New Delhi for consultations.

CONSULTATIONS : Government is continuing consultation with political leaders on the situation arising out of Indian nuclear tests to evolve a national consensus on the issue.

The Federal Minister for Provincial Co-ordination Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan , accompanied by the Sindh Chief Minister Mr.Liaquat Ali Jatoi had a meeting with the leaders of Mutehada Qaumi Movement in Karachi.

The MQM leaders participating in the talks included Senator Aftab Shaikh, Senator Nasreen Jalil, Kanwar Khalid Younus MNA and Provincial Ministers Qazi Khalid Ali and Soaib Bokhari.

The Interior Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain met Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan in Karachi who agreed that a national consensus should be obtained on the nuclear issue.

The Federal Minister for Culture and Tourism Shaikh Rashid Ahmad met the chief of Tehreek-e-Insaf Mr.Imran Khan in Lahore yesterday and discussed the issue of Indian nuclear tests with him.

The Senior Vice President of Pakistan Muslim League Mr.Ejazul Haq had a meeting with the JUI (S) Chief Maulana Samiul Haq in Akora Khattak over the situation in the wake of nuclear tests conducted by India.

The Advisor to Prime Minister on National Affairs Pir Sabir Shah had a similar meeting with the Patron in Chief of JUI Maulana Muhammad Ajmal Khan at Haripur.

MUSHAHID : Pakistan has conveyed all aspects of its stand on the situation arising out of recent Indian nuclear tests, stressing the need for international community to take effective measures against India.

The Federal Information Minister, Mr. Mushahid Hussain Syed, said this after his meeting with the special envoy of the Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Seiichiro Noboru, who called on him in Islamabad last night.

He said Japan stands on a high moral ground to campaign against nuclear proliferation as it was the only country which became victim of atomic bombs during the World War-Two. However, Pakistan has asked Japan to use her good offices on major powers of the world so that the international community comes out with required punishment for a country who has not only gone against the world consensus but also dared to explode nuclear devices without any justification.

The Information Minister said that Pakistan has told Japan that Pakistan's first priority was to maintain national security and pointed out that the western countries and Japan have yet to put forward a proposal which could really dispel Pakistan's security concerns in the wake of Indian nuclear tests.


21/2200 HOURS OF 18-5-1998 (MONDAY)

G-8 ENVOYS : The heads of Mission of G-8 countries were summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad Monday afternoon to convey Pakistanís deep disappointment at the very muted response that emerged from the just concluded summit of the G-8 countries.

It was recalled that the Prime Minister had addressed letters to the leaders of the G-8, urging them to take into account the grave threat posed to Pakistan as a result of Indian nuclear tests, overt weaponisation and the threat to use nuclear weapons. Pakistan appreciated the efforts of some of the G-8 leaders who advocated a stronger outcome of the summit, but it was regretted that others had chosen to dilute the G-8 statement. It appeared that these countries were influenced by narrow economic interests, despite a clear record of Indian military adventurism in the region and its hegemonistic designs.

It was brought out that the Indians had made a crude attempt Sunday to sow confusion at the G-8 summit in order to shift the focus of the summit away from India by spreading a rumour that Pakistan had carried out a nuclear test. India thus insulted the G-8 leaders some of whom even raised it at the Summit.

It was emphasised that the policy of appeasement was always counter productive since it encouraged and emboldened habitual transgressors.

The G-8 statement claimed to have enhanced and strengthened non-proliferation regimes and international peace. In fact the Indian tests had left the NPT and CTBT in shreds and irrevocably damaged peace and security of the region.

CLINTON-NAWAZ: President Clinton has said he would like to talk to Pakistan prime Minster Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to reassure him of his support for a decision not to carry out a nuclear test in response to Indiaís series of tests.

He told a news conference at the end of an EU-US summit in London Monday that he understood the Pakistan Prime Ministerís difficulties and was not trying to put pressure on him. I would like to express to him my personal conviction on the matter.

Mr. Clinton said what we need is to break out of this situation since there was a risk of nuclear tests spreading not just to Pakistan but to other countries.

GOHAR: The Japanese Prime Ministerís special envoy S. Noboru held talks with Foreign Minister Gohar Ayub Khan in Islamabad Monday.

The envoy spoke of the Japanese sanctions imposed on India against the nuclear tests and nuclear weaponization. He said as a result of the extremely regrettable Indian action, the Japanese people had felt a sense of outrage.

The Foreign Minister briefed the Japanese special envoy on the Indian hostility towards Pakistan and the serious threat posed to the countryís security by Indian nuclear tests.

SHAMSHAD: The Foreign Secretary Mr. Shamshad Ahmad held talks with Chinese Foreign Ministry officials in Beijing Monday.

The Foreign Secretaryís visit to China is aimed at consulting the Chinese leadership about Pakistan security concerns in the wake of nuclear tests conducted by Indian.

Pakistan wanted to take China, a time-tested friend into confidence about the measures which need to be taken to safeguard national security.