News



DATE=6/1/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-233141
TITLE=PAK NUKES MISSILES (L)
BYLINE=AYAZ GUL
DATELINE=ISLAMABAD
CONTENT=
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INTRO: PAKISTANI SCIENTISTS SAY THEY HAVE DEVELOPED A NEW MISSILE
CAPABLE OF CARRYING A NUCLEAR WARHEAD. NEWS OF THIS DEVELOPMENT 
FOLLOWS PAKISTAN'S ANNOUNCEMENT THAT IT  CONDUCTED SIX NUCLEAR 
TESTS LAST WEEK IN RESPONSE TO RIVAL INDIA'S FIVE TESTS. AYAZ GUL
REPORTS FROM ISLAMABAD.

TEXT: IN A NEWSPAPER INTERVIEW PUBLISHED MONDAY, A SENIOR 
PAKISTANI SCIENTIST- SAMAR MOBARIK - SAYS PAKISTAN HAS DEVELOPED 
A NEW MISSILE WHICH CAN CARRY NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

MR MUBARIK HEADED THE TEAM OF PAKISTANI SCIENTISTS WHICH 
CONDUCTED SIX NUCLEAR TESTS LAST WEEK IN SOUTHWESTERN BALOCHISTAN
PROVINCE.

THE SCIENTIST TOLD PAKISTAN'S NATION NEWSPAPER THE 700 
KILOMETER-RANGE MISSILE, SHAHEEN-ONE HAS, IN HIS WORDS,  "BEEN 
MOUNTED ON THE LAUNCHING PAD AND AWAITS A GO-AHEAD FROM THE 
GOVERNMENT".

MR MUBARIK SAID HIS TEAM IS ALSO DEVELOPING SHAHEEN-TWO WITH A 
RANGE OF 2000 KILOMETERS, WHICH HE SAID WOULD BE READY FOR 
TESTING BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

PAKISTAN TESTED ITS MEDIUM RANGE GHAURI MISSILE LAST APRIL. THE 
MISSILE HAS A RANGE OF 1,500 KILOMETERS AND A PAYLOAD OF 700 
KILOGRAMS. 

PAKISTAN SAYS IT HAD DEPLOYED DOZENS OF GHAURI MISSILES ON ITS 
BORDERS PRIOR TO LAST WEEK'S NUCLEAR TESTS, FEARING AN ATTACK BY 
INDIA ON PAKISTAN'S NUCLEAR INSTALLATIONS. 

THE HEAD OF PAKISTAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM, ABDUL QADEER KHAN, TELLS 
V-O-A THE MUSLIM NATION HAS ALREADY EMBARKED ON "SERIAL 
PRODUCTION" OF THE "GHAURI" MISSILE.

                        //KHAN ACT//     

         WE HAD TESTED THIS (GHAURI) MISSILE SYSTEM FOR A LONG 
         TIME. IT IS IN BEST PRODUCTION, IN SERIAL PRODUCTION. SO
         THERE ARE ENOUGH MISSILES.  WE JUST WANTED TO GIVE A 
         DEMONSTRATION (BY TESTING GHUARI IN APRIL). THE MISSILE 
         HAS BEEN TESTED EARLIER BUT WE WANT TO GIVE A 
         DEMONSTRATION OF ITS CAPABILITY TO THE WORLD.

                           //END ACT//

INDIA'S FIVE NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS IN MAY FOLLOWED BY PAKISTAN'S SIX
TESTS TWO WEEKS LATER HAVE RAISED WIDESPREAD INTERNATIONAL 
CONCERNS OF A NUCLEAR ARMS RACE BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES WHICH 
HAVE FOUGHT THREE WARS SINCE 1947.

THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY HAS WIDELY CONDEMNED THE INDIAN AND 
PAKISTANI NUCLEAR TESTS. THE UNITED STATES, JAPAN AND SEVERAL 
OTHER COUNTRIES HAVE ALSO IMPOSED PUNITIVE SANCTIONS ON BOTH 
SOUTH ASIAN NATIONS. (SIGNED)

NEB/AG/LTD/WFR

01-Jun-98 11:27 AM EDT (1527 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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