News



DATE=5/23/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232689
TITLE=PAK INDIA (L)
BYLINE=MEREDITH BUEL
DATELINE=ISLAMABAD
CONTENT=
VOICED AT: 

INTRO:  PAKISTAN PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF HAS INDICATED HE HAS
NOT  YET MADE A DECISION ABOUT TESTING A NUCLEAR DEVICE IN 
RESPONSE TO INDIA'S FIVE NUCLEAR TESTS.  MR. SHARIF SAYS WHATEVER
DECISION IS MADE WILL BE IN PAKISTAN'S SUPREME NATIONAL INTEREST.
V-O-A ISLAMABAD CORRESPONDENT MEREDITH BUEL REPORTS.

TEXT:  IN A STATEMENT READ TO REPORTERS IN ISLAMABAD PRIME 
MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF SAYS PAKISTAN IS  NOT  RESPONDING IN HASTE 
TO INDIA'S NUCLEAR TESTS.

                        // SHARIF ACT //

         WE HAVE  NOT  BEHAVED IN A TIT FOR TAT MANNER.  WE HAVE 
         NOT LET ANY MADNESS ENGULF US.  LADIES AND GENTLEMEN 
         WHATEVER DECISION WE EVENTUALLY TAKE WILL BE IN OUR 
         SUPREME NATIONAL INTEREST.

                         // END ACT // 

THE PRIME MINISTER DID  NOT  SAY WHEN HE WILL MAKE A DECISION 
ABOUT TESTING A NUCLEAR DEVICE.  MR. SHARIF SAYS PAKISTAN IS 
"LIVING UNDER THE DARK SHADOW" OF INDIA'S NUCLEAR TESTS.  

HE SAYS INDIA IS THREATENING TO IMPOSE A MILITARY SOLUTION ON THE
DISPUTE OVER THE KASHMIR REGION -- A DISPUTE THAT HAS LED TO TWO 
WARS BETWEEN THE SOUTH ASIAN NATIONS.

IN A CLEAR WARNING TO INDIA PRIME MINISTER SHARIF SAYS ANY 
PROVOCATION WILL BE MET WITH "A RESOLUTE RESPONSE."  

                        // SHARIF ACT //

         WE HAVE TO CONTEND WITH THE INDIAN THREATS WHICH MAY 
         MATERIALIZE AT ANY MOMENT.  THE INDIAN TRACK RECORD OF 
         AGGRESSION AND IRRESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR IS A STARK REALITY
         FOR PAKISTAN.  OUR COMPULSIONS ARE  NOT  HIDDEN.  THE 
         BALANCE OF POWER IN THE REGION HAS BEEN VIOLENTLY 
         TILTED.  UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES OUR UNDIVIDED FOCUS 
         MUST BE ON THE PRESERVATION OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY 
         INTERESTS.

                          // END ACT //

PRIME MINISTER SHARIF SAYS PAKISTAN IS  NOT  CONCERNED ABOUT 
ECONOMIC SANCTIONS LIKELY TO BE IMPOSED IF ISLAMABAD CONDUCTS A 
NUCLEAR TEST. 

                        // SHARIF ACT //

         THE TALK OF SANCTIONS IS  NOT  ONLY FAMILIAR TO US BUT 
         IT ALSO DOES  NOT RATTLE US.  WE HAVE LEARNED TO LIVE 
         WITH THESE PUNITIVE MEASURES.  OUR LEGITIMATE NEED FOR 
         SECURITY IS STILL BEING IGNORED.  THIS FILLS US WITH 
         APPREHENSIONS EVEN NOW.  WE HAVE MADE CLEAR TO ALL OUR 
         FRIENDS AND WELL WISHERS THAT WE ARE NOT SEEKING ANY 
         BARGAINS.  CAN THE PAKISTANI NATION EVER BARTER ITS 
         INDEPENDENCE, SECURITY AND SOVEREIGNTY?

                          // END ACT //

PRIME MINISTER SHARIF THANKED CHINA, THE UNITED STATES AND OTHER 
COUNTRIES FOR UNDERSTANDING THE DILEMMA HIS COUNTRY IS FACING.

PRESIDENT CLINTON IS URGING PAKISTAN TO SHOW RESTRAINT, BUT 
PUBLIC  DOMESTIC PRESSURE IS MOUNTING ON MR. SHARIF'S GOVERNMENT 
TO CONDUCT A NUCLEAR TEST. (SIGNED)

NEB/MB/JO



23-May-98 10:06 AM EDT (1406 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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