News



DATE=5/28/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232947
TITLE=PAK NUKES /  REACTION  (L)
BYLINE=ALI ZAIDI
DATELINE=ISLAMABAD
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  MANY PAKISTANIS HAVE REACTED JOYOUSLY TO NEWS OF THE  
COUNTRY'S NUCLEAR TESTS.   AS ALI ZAIDI REPORTS FROM ISLAMABAD --
MOST PAKISTANIS BELIEVE THEIR COUNTRY HAD  NO  CHOICE BUT TO 
RESPOND TO WHAT THEY SEE AS INDIA'S THREATS TO THEIR SECURITY.

TEXT: // CROWD ACT (FADE INTO FOLLOWING TEXT) //  IN CITIES 
THROUGHOUT PAKISTAN, MANY PEOPLE RUSHED OUT INTO THE STREETS SOON
AFTER PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF ANNOUNCED PAKISTAN HAD 
CONDUCTED FIVE NUCLEAR TESTS.

PEOPLE HANDED OUT SWEETS, DANCED, AND FIRED AUTOMATIC RIFLES IN 
THE AIR TO SHOW THEIR HAPPINESS AND PRIDE AT BECOMING A NUCLEAR 
POWER.

OUTSIDE THE PARLIAMENT IN ISLAMABAD, JUBILANT RULING PARTY 
SUPPORTERS WERE JOINED BY HUNDREDS OF ACTIVISTS BELONGING TO 
ISLAMIC RIGHT WING PARTIES WHO CHANTED SLOGANS SUPPORTING THE 
NUCLEAR TESTS.

THE CROWD WAVED PAKISTANI FLAGS, EXPLODED FIRECRACKERS, AND 
SHOUTED DEFIANT SLOGANS AGAINST INDIA.

SPEAKERS TOLD THE CROWD THAT PAKISTAN'S NUCLEAR CAPABILITY WOULD 
NOW DETER ANY AGGRESSION AGAINST THEIR COUNTRY.  BEFORE 
DISPERSING, THE CROWD JOINED TOGETHER TO SAY A PRAYER OF 
GRATITUDE FOR THURSDAY'S NUCLEAR TESTS.

RAFI SHAMS, A SHOPKEEPER WHO BROUGHT HIS TWO SMALL CHILDREN TO 
THE DEMONSTRATION, SAYS THE NUCLEAR TESTS ARE A NECESSARY 
DETERRENT.

       // SHAMS ACT IN URDU, FADE INTO TEXT TRANSLATION //

HE SAYS INDIA HAS ALWAYS BEEN PAKISTAN'S ENEMY, AND IT WAS INDIA 
THAT STARTED THE NUCLEAR CONFRONTATION. MR. SHAMS SAYS PAKISTAN'S
TESTS WERE NECESSARY FOR THE COUNTRY'S DEFENSE.

ASKED IF HE WAS WORRIED ABOUT ECONOMIC SANCTIONS, MR. SHAMS SAYS 
MUSLIMS DO NOT FEAR EVEN DEATH. HE SAYS THE PAKISTANI BOMB IS NOT
MEANT TO DESTROY INDIA -- JUST TO MAKE INDIANS AFRAID OF 
ATTACKING PAKISTAN.

OTHERS ARE MORE MILITANT.  A YOUNG ARMY RECRUIT AT THE RALLY, 
NAMED AHSAN, SAYS HE WANTS REVENGE FOR PAKISTAN'S DEFEAT IN THE 
1971 WAR WITH INDIA.

                         // AHSAN ACT //

         WE WANT THE WAR. WE HAVE TO TAKE THE REVENGE OF THE '71 
         WAR. WE ARE A MUSLIM NATION AND WE DO NOT FORGET OUR 
         TRADITIONS. WE WERE DEFEATED IN '71, WHATSOEVER THE 
         REASON WAS -- REASON MIGHT BE THE POLITICIANS, MIGHT BE 
         THE ARMY -- BUT PAKISTAN WAS DEFEATED. WE WANT THE WAR. 
         LET THE WAR COME, WE'RE GOING TO DECIDE. 

                          // END ACT //

MANY PAKISTANIS ARE CONVINCED INDIA WAS PREPARING TO ATTACK THE 
PAKISTANI CONTROLLED PART OF THE DISPUTED STATE OF KASHMIR, IF 
PAKISTAN HAD NOT SHOWN ITS NUCLEAR CAPABILITY. 

THEY POINT TO THE FACT THAT THE HINDU FUNDAMENTALIST GOVERNMENT 
IN INDIA HAD IN ITS ELECTION AGENDA VOWED TO TAKE ALL OF KASHMIR 
BY FORCE IF NECESSARY.

HOWEVER, EVEN MR. AHSAN IS  NOT  IN FAVOR OF ACTUALLY USING 
NUCLEAR WEAPONS. FOR MANY PAKISTANIS, MATCHING INDIA'S FIVE 
NUCLEAR TESTS HAS SATISFIED THEM.

SOME PAKISTANIS EVEN EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT THE ESCALATION IN 
HOSTILITIES AND THE DANGERS OF A NUCLEAR ARMS RACE BETWEEN THE 
TWO COUNTRIES. THEY ALSO SAY PAKISTAN CANNOT SURVIVE THE ECONOMIC
SANCTIONS THAT ARE NOW LIKELY TO FOLLOW.

BUT THEIR VOICES HAVE BEEN LARGELY DROWNED OUT BY THE CHORUS OF 
APPROVAL GREETING THURSDAY'S NUCLEAR TESTS. (SIGNED)

NEB/AZ/KL

28-May-98 4:17 PM EDT (2017 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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