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MINISTRY OF INFORMATION AND MEDIA DEVELOPMENT
PRESS INFORMATION DEPARTMENT
DAILY PRESS SUMMARY (27-05-1998)

Pakistan has completed preparations for a nuclear test and could carry out one within hours.(CNN reported, citing US intelligence sources, says an AFP report.(News).

The President and the Prime Minister have expressed their resolve that top priority would be given to national interests in all circumstances.(News). It has been decided to reply to Indian N-tests according to the massesí aspirations.(Jang).

A large number of satellites are hovering over Balochistan to monitor Pakistanís preparations and the expected N-explosion such an object which was `flying low on Quetta was seen by a number of inhabitants of the city on May 26, 98.(Jang).

The rulers of Qatar and Oman in their messages delivered to the Prime Minister on May 26, 98 have backed Pakistan in face of Indian threat.(News/Nation).

The Prime Minister will visit National Defence College on May 28.(News).

The President while talking to Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan in Islamabad has said that Pakistan was a peace loving country but added that it would not compromise on matters pertaining to its security and defence.(News/Pak.Observer/PPI).

Sartaj Aziz says, no economic package can substitute the security package.(News). Defence cannot be bartered with package.(Nation). N-test will be conducted before or after budget; economic sanctions cannot affect Pakistan. (N.Waqt). Defence budget will be enhanced in the next budget; there will be definitely a N-blast.(Jang).

Gohar Ayub Khan, in an interview with Russian journalists, has dispelled the impression that Pakistani nuclear bomb would be conceived at international level as "Islamic Bomb" but, if decided, it would be only "matching response to Indian nuke tests".(News/NNI/Nation).

Mushahid Hussain has assured that no outsider will be inducted against any post in PBC and all senior positions will be filled from amongst the eligible PBC officers purely on merit.(News/PPI).

National Assembly Speaker says, there is no provision of national government in the Constitution.(News). Decision to conduct N-test or not, whatsoever, should be decided by the Parliament.(Khabrain).

Shahbaz Sharif says, IPPs will not be allowed to destroy WAPDA.(Nation).

After the detection of ghost schools, the Punjab government has decided once again to seek the help of Army officials for the audit of the accounts of private schools running throughout Punjab.(Nation).

The COAS has visited forward areas in AJK on May 26, 98.(News/APP/Nation).

The parliamentary team headed by Senator Akram Zaki is leaving for US on May 29.(News).

PML spokesman strongly criticised the recent statements of Benazir Bhutto in which she has tried to viciously implicate the members of Pakistanís armed forces and judiciary in her husbandís illegal relations with drug barons at home and abroad.(Nation).

A spokesman of Ehtesab Bureau said, the so-called list of drug barons mentioned by Naseerullah Babar was never prepared by the Ehtesab Bureau. (News).

The government has decided to allot houses to the government servants on easy instalment on ownership basis with tie cooperation of t the private sector; preference will be given to those who have just five years service; announcement will be made by the Prime Minister shortly (Jang).

Benazir Bhutto has appeared before Ehtesab Bench in Lahore on May 26,98; LHC has ordered her to deposit Rs 5 million surety. (News/Nation).

India has started sending heavy armour on AJK border for attack, this was decided in a high level meeting which was attended by important Indian Minister and Army Commanders, says a US magazine. (Jang).

Indian Home minister has ordered to destroy Mujahideen camps in AJK. (Khabarain/Jang).

Senior leader of BJP, L K Sharma has said, Azad Kashmir is not a part of Pakistan ; attack on it will not be considered as attack on Pakistan; India will regain Azad Kashmir. (Jang/KPI).

India has rejected the criticism by the 15-member European Union, which recommended delay of loans to India; also rejected EU call for signing CTBT; Indian Defence Minister has said, "India would inevitably arm the countryís missiles with N-War heads" (News/Nation).

US Defence Minister has said, if Pakistan assures not to conduct nuclear test, then US government will decide about economic package. (Asas).

MQM has agreed to join Khidmat Committees. (Nation).

The WAPDA has quietly jacked up the additional surcharge over the consumption of despite repeated assurances at the federal government to the contrary. (F.Post).

Ghulam Ahmed Bilour of ANP has expressed his concern over demands form certain political circles, asking Pakistan to go ahead with conducting nuclear tests. (News).

Consensus has reached between PML-ANP to rename NWFP, proposal is also under consideration to make Hazara a separate province. (Khabrain).

Defence affairs expert, Gen. (Retd) Faiz Ali Chishti has urged that Pakistan should conduct nuclear explosion as early as possible for its security, survival and national honour. (Khabrain).

Wali Khan in his message to the Prime Minister has said that we are ready to make alliance with PML once again, however, NWFP should be renamed as Pukhtoonkhwa (Khabrain). Decision on nuclear explosion is out of the capability of the Prime Minister.(Jang).