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July 1998 Pakistan Special Weapons News

  • Press Statement on Pakistan-India Relations, 31 July 1998, Colombo, Sri Lanka -- At the heart of the problem lies the rigid and inflexible position which India continues to maintain in its refusal to address the issues of peace and security and the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN NEWS SUMMARY (31-07-1998) Pakistan and India have resumed stalled secretary level talks in Colombo aimed at improving relations between the two countries. Pakistan Foreign Secretary Shamshad Ahmad and his Indian counterpart K. Ragunath exchanged views for removing differences between the two countries.
  • Pak bid to alter SAARC charter fails V. N. Narayanan Hindustan Times 31 July 1998 -- The seven heads of Government have reportedly decided to go strictly by the SAARC charter which bars discussion on contentious political issues and bilateral disputes. Lobbying by the Indians had ensured that President Chandrika Kumaratunga would come out against altering the SAARC charter or expand its scope as demanded by Pakistan.
  • Pakistan to back talks on FMCT The News 31 July 1998 -- The moribund Conference on Disarmament was injected with a vital new lease of life on Thursday after Pakistan declared it would back talks on a treaty banning the output of fissile material for military ends.
  • Foreign secretaries talks hit snags The News 31 July 1998 -- Foreign ministry officials of India and Pakistan failed on Thursday to strike a deal on how to resume their stalled peace dialogue, but agreed to keep talking. "We have not yet come to a conclusion," a senior Indian government official told reporters. "We had a short discussion today and we will continue discussion tomorrow."
  • India is more worried about Ghauri than Pak bomb: Khan Rediff On The NeT 31 July 1998 -- Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, architect of Pakistan's nuclear programme, said Indian cities, from Bangalore to Calcutta, come within the range of Ghauri missile. ''We can hit any Indian city in 15 minutes time. We can hit Indian cities many times,'' he said. He said the Ghauri missile, which was launched from Jhelum, covered about 1,100 km in 9 minutes 58 seconds to hit its target at Noukundi in Baluchistan.
  • Daily News - July 31, 1998 -- The Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif's attempts to bring in his proposal of peace and security initiative at the SAARC leaders Retreat were dismissed by all the remaining leaders. SAARC Chairperson and the Sri Lankan President, Mrs. Chandrika Kumaratunga rejected his attempts to circulate copies of his proposals saying SAARC was not the forum for such proposals.
  • Daily News - 30 July 1998 -- Pakistan has suggested resuming the dialogue on the basis of an agreement reached in June last year, which identified eight outstanding issues between the two countries. The foreign secretary level talks were adjourned indefinitely when the two differed on the way to tackle the Kashmir and the security issues.
  • NEWS SUMMARY ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN (30-07-1998) The "inescapable reality" that confronts us today is that South Asia is now nuclearized. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said here Wednesday, adding, "left to itself, Pakistan would never have embarked on this perilous course." He said this while addressing the three-day 10th SAARC Summit. Foreign Minister Gohar Ayub Khan has said that Pakistan will continue its nuclear and missile programme. Pakistan has been pushed into situation where it will have to continue nuclear and missile programme to safeguard its national security and territorial integrity. Pakistan dispelled the impression on Wednesday that a "secret deal" has been struck between Islamabad and Washington on the question of former's joining the CTBT.
  • Pakistan can hit many Indian cities: Qadeer Dawn, July 30, 1998 -- Pakistan has achieved the capability of targeting and destroying many Indian cities in case of a war. This was stated by the father of the country's nuclear programme, Dr A. Q. Khan, while speaking at a gathering of Old Students' Association of Karachi University. He said with the latest development in rocketry and the advancement made in missile technology, Pakistan was capable of hitting as far as Calcutta and Bangalore.
  • Sanctions may cost Pakistan $4bn: Dar Dawn, July 30, 1998 -- Pakistan could lose up to $4 billion in aid, investment and remittances because of the sanctions imposed as a punishment for its nuclear tests in May, Commerce Minister Ishaq Dar said on Wednesday.
  • RADIO PAKISTAN HOME BROADCASTS 30-07-1998 Federal Information Minister, Mr. Mushahid Hussain Syed, has said that Pakistan has achieved expartise in nuclear technology indigenously and the talent available in the country has helped in our achievement in the field. In occupied Kashmir, normal life was paralysed Wednesday due to a crippling strike to attract SAARC leaders attention towards the urgency of the settlement of Kashmir dispute.
  • HOME BROADCASTS RADIO PAKISTAN 29-07-1998 -- The three day summit of the seven-nation association SAARC begins at the Sri Lankan capital Colombo Wednesday.
  • SAARC ministers avoid debate on N-issue Dawn, July 29, 1998 -- South Asian foreign ministers ended a two-day meeting here on Tuesday urging greater cooperation, but skirted the issue of nuclear testing by India and Pakistan.
  • No Pakistan scientist leaving US Dawn, July 28, 1998 -- Unlike the Indians, no Pakistan scientist is being asked to leave the US, following the nuclear tests by Pakistan in May, reports said here on Monday.
  • Joint Pakistan-US Press Statement at the end of US Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbot's visit to Pakistan , 21-23 July 1998
  • The May 1998 India and Pakistan Nuclear Tests Terry C. Wallace, Southern Arizona Seismic Observatory (SASO) University of Arizona -- July 23, 1998 -- PrePrint of a Paper to Appear in the September SRL -- The Pakistan test of May 28 had a seismic yield determination of 9-12 kt. As with the Indian tests, this yield appears to be much smaller than the official announcement of 40-45 kt. The seismic yield of the May 30 event is 4-6 kt; again this is smaller than the official announcement.
  • No breakthrough in Pak-US talks By Anwar Iqbal The News 24 July 1998 -- Pakistan has told the US that it would sign CTBT if offered Japan-like guarantees on Kashmir and other national security issues.
  • Pakistan seeks rescue package US for restraint on development of missiles, fissile material By Nadeem Malik The News 24 July 1998 -- Pakistan has expressed willingness to respond positively to some key non-proliferation issues raised by the visiting high-level US delegation if Washington helps the IMF put together a larger economic rescue package and allay its security concerns.
  • G8 okays IMF loan to Pakistan The News 24 July 1998 -- Members of the Group of Eight industrialised nations (G8) agreed to ease sanctions on Pakistan and approved a loan by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to avert a crisis in the country's economy.
  • HOME BROADCASTS RADIO PAKISTAN 24-07-1998 The Foreign Secretary Mr. Shamshad Ahmad has said the timing for acceding to CTBT can be determined when Pakistan is absolutely sure that its vital security concerns have been fully safeguarded. There has to be a clear demonstration of effective engagement on the part of major powers in the whole process of peace and security in South Asia which should focus on Kashmir.
  • NEWS SUMMARY ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN (24-07-1998) -- Pakistan, US conclude talks on security issues; Country's security safeguard to determine acceding to CTBT
  • Pak not to sign CTBT, links it to Kashmir The Times of India 24 July 1998 -- Pakistan has categorically conveyed to the United States its refusal to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), linking it with security concerns and the Kashmir issue.
  • PAK / U-S / NUCLEAR Voice of America 23 July 1998 -- SHAMSHAD AIMED TOLD REPORTERS PAKISTAN WILL NOT SIGN THE C-T-B-T AS LONG AS ITS REGIONAL SECURITY CONGRESS ARE NOT ADDRESSED.
  • PAK INDIA Voice of America 23 July 1998 -- PAKISTAN'S FOREIGN SECRETARY IS FLYING TO SRI LANKA THURSDAY NIGHT FOR A PRE-SUMMIT MEETING OF THE SOUTH ASIAN ASSOCIATION FOR REGIONAL COOPERATION (SAARC).
  • DAILY PRESS SUMMARY MINISTRY OF INFORMATION (23-07-1998) During talks with the visiting US delegation on July 22, 1998, Pakistan is believed to have indicated flexibility on the CTBT and NPT provided the US agrees to lift the sanctions and provide substantial economic support to Pakistan.
  • Pakistan indicates flexibility on CTBT The News 23 July 1998 -- During talks with a high-level US delegation on Wednesday, Pakistan is believed to have indicated flexibility on the comprehensive test ban treaty (CTBT) and other items on the US non-proliferation agenda provided Washington agrees to lift sanctions and provide substantial economic support to Islamabad.
  • Pakistan seeks economic bailout package The News 23 July 1998 -- As the US mission focused on eliciting agreement on the CTBT, Pakistan's financial managers have discussed with American officials the possibility of a new $ 3 billion bailout package from Washington.
  • Talbott holds extensive talks with Karamat The News 23 July 1998 -- US Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott on Wednesday held extensive talks with Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and Army Chief General Jehangir Karamat. "Yes, Talbott along with the members of his team met the Chief of the Army Staff, General Jehangir Karamat," confirmed a spokesman of ISPR, though no official announcement was made on this meeting.
  • 'ESAF suspended, Pakistan-IMF to negotiate new aid package' The News 23 July 1998 -- "The IMF's $ 1.6 billion relief package for Pakistan is non-operational and has to be renegotiated," a senior US treasury official told newsmen late on Tuesday in a hurriedly-called background press briefing.
  • US to abstain from voting on IMF package for Pakistan The Hindustan Times 23 July 1998 - Realising that economic instability in Pakistan could lead to "pernicious activity" in the nonproliferation area, the Clinton Administration yesterday came up with a creative interpretation of the Glenn Amendment sanctions to permit the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to resume negotiations over a financial package to bail out Islamabad from impending economic collapse.
  • US drops curbs on IMF funds for Pakistan Dawn, July 22, 1998 : In a major reversal of its tough policy on Pakistan, the US on Tuesday announced dropping its objections to the release of suspended funds to Pakistan.
  • PAK / U-S / NULCEAR Voice of America 22 July 1988 - SENIOR PAKISTANI AND AMERICAN OFFICIALS DISCUSSING NON-PROLIFERATION ISSUES IN ISLAMABAD HAVE EXTENDED THEIR TALKS TO THURSDAY AFTER TWO INTENSIVE ROUNDS OF DIALOGUE.
  • Pakistan urges US to lift sanctions By Anwar Iqbal The News 22 July 1998 -- The Americans appear more keen on making Pakistan sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Then they may urge Islamabad to ratify the treaty which will be more difficult than signing it as it will deprive Pakistan of the option of matching India if New Delhi decides to explode another nuclear device.
  • US to abstain from IMF debate on ESAF tranche The News 22 July 1998 -- The United States is set to abstain when the International Monetary Fund next debates loans to Pakistan, but is not lifting sanctions imposed on the new nuclear power, the State Department said on Tuesday.
  • US may try to exact maximum concessions By M. Ziauddin Dawn 21 July 1998 - Strobe Talbott, is arriving here on Tuesday from India to "encourage" Pakistan to sign the comprehensive test ban treaty (CTBT) immediately and without conditions; not deploy or test missiles or nuclear weapons; cut off fissile material production for nuclear weapons; maintain and formalize restraints on sharing sensitive goods and technologies with other countries; reduce bilateral tensions with India, including Kashmir.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing , JULY 21, 1998 PAKISTAN US Power Plant Projects on Dep Secy Talbott's Agenda / Questionable Contracts IMF Negotiations / US Sanctions
  • Pak meet to decide strategy on CTBT The Hindustan Times 21 July 1998 -- Pakistan, which has been insisting that it would sign the CTBT only after India does, has softened its stand on the issue lately mainly because of the blockage of loans from international financial institutions due to sanctions. Pakistan's stand was now delinked from the Indian stand on the issue and no conditionality was attached to it, not even Pakistan's pet issue of the solution of the Kashmir problem.
  • 'Pak. will safeguard its security interests' By Amit Baruah The Hindu 21 July 1998 -- Foreign Secretary, Mr. Shamshad Ahmed, and not the controversial Foreign Minister, Mr. Gohar Ayub Khan, will lead the Pakistani delegation for talks with Mr. Talbott. The American distaste for dealing with the Foreign Minister is no secret to observers of the U.S.- Pakistani relationship. Mr. Khan, who is prone to making remarks that annoy the U.S., has been kept out of the ``bread and butter'' negotiations.
  • PAK / U-S / NUCLEAR Voice of America 21 July 1998 -- DEPUTY U-S SECRETARY OF STATE STROBE TALBOTT HAS ARRIVED IN ISLAMABAD FROM INDIA, TO DISCUSS NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION. PAKISTAN'S FINANCE MINISTER HAS WARNED PAKISTAN COULD FACE A MAJOR FINANCIAL CRISIS IF THE SANCTIONS GO BEYOND THREE MONTHS.
  • HOME BROADCASTS RADIO PAKISTAN 21-07-1998 -- Chairman Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs Senator Akram Zaki says the nuclear tests carried out by Pakistan has bolstered the spirits of the smaller SAARC states who are of the opinion that these tests have now created a balance of power in the region.
  • NEWS SUMMARYASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN (21-07-1998) Coercive measures unjustified, to prove counter-productive: Talbott arrives for crucial talks on Tuesday afternoon
  • U.S. envoy disputes Pak. allegation against India The Hindu 20 July 1998 -- The Pakistan's claim that India was poised to launch a pre- emptive strike on its nuclear installations on May 27-28 night was based on ``absolutely false'' information, the outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, Mr. Thomas. J. Simons (Jr), has said.
  • Pakistan's stand on CTBT rattles Indians Dawn, 20 July 1998: Pakistan's new stand, delinking the signing of CTBT from India and even Kashmir, has rattled senior Indian strategists. Pakistan changed its CTBT strategy for the third time in two weeks, going from a tough stance of not signing until India did so, to a fairly mild position of getting off the hook economically. If Pakistan signs the CTBT, the US will remove the sanctions and Kashmir will automatically return to the centre stage, with the international community trying to oblige "good-boy" Pakistan by pressuring India to agree to third-party mediation on the dispute.
  • Pakistan softens stand on CTBT Dawn, 19 July 1998: Pakistan on Saturday softened its stand on the CTBT issue saying it did not maintain a rigid position on the signing of the treaty but stressed that regional security concerns be considered seriously.
  • Israel didn't plan to attack, says US envoy Dawn, 19 July 1998: Outgoing American Ambassador Thomas Simons has denied reports that Israeli F-16s were on way to attacking Pakistan before Islamabad decided to test its nuclear devices.
  • Talbott may seek rollback of Pak N-plan The Hindustan Times 18 July 1998 -- The United States is expected to demand a rollback of the nuclear programme rather than signing of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) when Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott visits Pakistan next week to negotiate terms for lifting of US sanctions.
  • HOME BROADCASTS RADIO PAKISTAN 18-07-1998 Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said the nation is ready to pay any price for its dignity and honour and it has no regrets over the historic decision of achieving nuclear parity with India.
  • NEWS SUMMARY ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN (18-07-1998) Pakistan has no regrets on nuclear explosions and will not succumb to pressure: Prime Minister continues dialogue with his economic aides.
  • Pakistan decides to sue US on F-16s issue The News International Pakistan 18 July 1998 -- : As the government has decided to exercise its legal option by taking the US government to court on the non-delivery of paid-for 28 F-16 aircraft, Law Minister Khalid Anwar proceeded to Washington on Friday.
  • Signing of CTBT: DCC vows not to accept any pressure By Ihtashamul Haq Dawn, July 17, 1998: A special meeting of the Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC) expressed its resolve not to be pressured on signing the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). The DCC decided to keep its all options open over the issue -- the meeting did not insist that Pakistan not unilaterally sign the CTBT. The minister for foreign affairs Gohar Ayub was optimistic that the Clinton administration would not support sanctions against Pakistan beyond three months.
  • DAILY PRESS SUMMARY MINISTRY OF INFORMATION AND MEDIA DEVELOPMENT (17-07-1998) -- Defence Committee of the Cabinet under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister decided in principle to sign the CTBT, it is learnt from the competent sources.
  • NEWS SUMMARY ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN (17-07-1998) DCC reviews current situation; Pakistan welcomes US Senate decision on economic sanctions; Talbott arriving on July 22
  • CTBT signing linked to Kashmir: Gohar Ayub The Times of India - 16 July 1998 -- Foreign minister Gohar Ayub has linked signing of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) by Pakistan to progress in talks on Kashmir.
  • Gohar: N-arms enhancement will lead to war Hindustan Times 16 July 1998 - Pakistan possesses missiles ranging from 600 to 5,000 km and any enhancement of the nuclear capabilities by India or Islamabad under present circumstances may lead to an appalling nuclear war, Foreign Minister Gohar Ayub Khan said.
  • Senate authorises Bill Clinton to waive sanctions The News July 16: The US Senate on Wednesday approved a measure that would give President Bill Clinton authority to waive most economic sanctions against nuclear rivals India and Pakistan for up to one year. The amendment, by Kansas Republican senators Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts, was approved by unanimous voice vote and added to broader legislation to fund agricultural programmes, a day after Congress approved a waiver for food exports.
  • DCC to discuss CTBT issue today The News July 16: Almost a week before crucial Pakistan-US talks kick off, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has convened a meeting of the Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC) for today (Thursday). "The DCC will meet to take up host of issues linked with post nuclear tests situation," said a senior official, who confirmed that the Americans have mounted pressure on Pakistan to sign and ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
  • CTBT signing not linked to Indian decision: Gohar Dawn July 15: Foreign Minister Gohar Ayub Khan said here on Tuesday that Pakistan would not necessarily sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) even if India went ahead and signed it.
  • Islamabad offers to discuss test ban treaty with New Delhi Dawn July 15: Pakistan on Tuesday offered to discuss a nuclear test ban treaty with India to formalize the moratorium declared by the new neighbours on further nuclear explosions.
  • NEWS SUMMARY ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN 16 July 1998 - US Offers Assistance in Confidence-Building Between India and Pakistan; IMF loan to Pakistan linked with Talbot's visit; Khatami condemns international sanctions against Pakistan
  • NEWS SUMMARY ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN15 July 1998 - Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said, Pakistani Nation is fully capable of wriggling out of the current economic crisis as it has inherent potential to face challenges and withstand trials and tribulations. "All attempts to exploit post May 28 developments by the vested interests would fail and the nation would soon tide over its difficulties," he said. Foreign Minister Gohar Ayub Khan, Tuesday said that Pakistan has changed its precondition for signing Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) because of "national concerns.".
  • English News Headlines PAKISTAN TELEVISION CORPORATION 14 July 1998 - THE PRIME MINISTER SAID IF ANY ARM-TWISTING TACTIC IS APPLIED TO PAKISTAN, THE COUNTRY WOULD RESIST IT WITH FULL FORCE AND MIGHT. 'WE WILL NEVER SUBMIT TO COERCION OR PRESSURE WHATEVER ITS FORMS OR WHEREVER IT OCCURS', HE SAID. HE SAID WHAT WE HAD DONE ON MAY 28 WAS NECESSARY TO ENSURE OUR CONTINUED EXISTENCE AS AN INDEPENDENT AND SOVEREIGN NATION.
  • NEWS SUMMARYASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN 14 July 1998 - The arrest of a fake "nuclear scientist" and action against his attorney Michael Wildes, and the USA Today reporter who filed the concocted story about the "defection" of Iftikhar Chaudhry Khan has been demanded by the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA).
  • Pak PM changes stance, ready to negotiate on CTBT The Hindustan Times, July 13, 1998 -- Pakistani Premier Nawaz Sharif has expressed his willingness to negotiate on the signing of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) indicating that Islamabad's stand on the crucial issue is no longer linked with that of New Delhi's.
  • NEWS SUMMARYASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN 13 July 1998 - "Bombs have no religion. These are destructive in nature and carry no label. And definitely Pakistan's nuclear bomb cannot be branded as an Islamic bomb". This was stated by the visiting special envoy from Pakistan Senator Akram Zaki.
  • Pressure mounts on Sharif to sign CTBT unconditionally The Hindustan Times, July 12, 1998 -- A fast-deteriorating economic condition in Pakistan has placed the Nawaz Sharif Government under increasing pressure from within to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) as early as possible, before the IMF and the G-8 countries decide to impose sanctions against Islamabad for conducting nuclear tests
  • CONGRESS - S. ASIA SANCTIONS Voice of America 14 July 1998 -- IN A DRAMATIC RACE AGAINST TIME, THE U-S CONGRESS MOVED TO LIFT A BAN ON FARM CREDITS IMPOSED AFTER INDIA AND PAKISTAN CONDUCTED NUCLEAR TESTS IN MAY.
  • NEWS SUMMARY ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN (12-07-1998) PM hopes G-7 will not press IMF, World Bank; Stoppage of IMF loans to Pakistan not appropriate; Nation has to pay some price for becoming nuclear power; Mushahid rules out acceptance of LoC as permanent border
  • NEWS SUMMARY ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN (11-07-1998) Nation has to prepare itself for economic challenge; Yaqub pays hectic visit to Washington; Clinton names William B. Milam as US Ambassador to Pakistan; Indian blasts compelled Pakistan to go nuclear; U.S. Commerce Official on India, Pakistan Sanctions
  • NEWS SUMMARY ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN (09-07-1998) Census '98 put Pakistan's population at 130.58 million; Karachi most populous city
  • SENATE-SOUTH ASIA SANCTIONS Voice of America 09 July 1998 -- THE U-S SENATE HAS VOTED TO LIFT SOME OF THE SANCTIONS IMPOSED ON INDIA AND PAKISTAN AFTER THOSE NATIONS TESTED NUCLEAR WEAPONS. THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS APPROVED A NARROWER MEASURE AFFECTING WHEAT SALES ONLY.
  • STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT on Legislation on India-Pakistan Sanctions Bill July 9, 1998 -- I am pleased that the Senate has passed legislation today that is consistent with my view that U.S. food exports should not become an unintended victim of an important non-proliferation law.
  • White House Briefing BY MIKE MCCURRY July 7, 1998 -- The Pakistan Foreign Secretary was here and met with officials at the State Department. According to reports, unless the sanctions on Pakistan are lifted by the U.S., Pakistan may be forced to sell nuclear material to other countries.
  • Pakistani Who Alleged Nuclear Attack Plan Is a Fraud, U.S. Experts Say By John Mintz Washington Post Tuesday, July 7, 1998; Page A07 -- A week after a Pakistani man made incendiary allegations of having witnessed top Pakistani government officials discussing a preemptive nuclear attack on India, U.S. government officials and academic experts who have talked to him have concluded he is a fraud. Frank von Hippel, chairman of the research arm of the anti-nuclear weapon Federation of American Scientists, said he and several Princeton University associates reached their conclusion after interviewing Iftikhar Khan Chaudry.
  • English News Headlines PAKISTAN TELEVISION CORPORATION , 04 July 1998 -- THE DRAMA OF THE SO-CALLED PAKISTAN NUCLEAR ENGINEER DR. IFTIKHAR KHAN CHAUDHRY PLOTTED BY THE WESTERN AND INTERNATIONAL MEDIA HOSTILE TO PAKISTAN FLOPPED AFTER DISCLOSURE OF HIS IDENTITY.
  • HOME BROADCASTS RADIO PAKISTAN, 04 July 1998 -- Minister for Information and Media Development Mushahid Hussain Syed has described the defector claiming to be a Pakistani nuclear scientist, as a fraud and a second rate trickster and urged Western media to take him to task. At a seminar in Islamabad, experts in foreign policy and strategy have spotlighted the Indian hegemonistic designs behind its ambitious nuclear programme and observed that Pakistan had no alternative but to establish its credible nuclear deterrence.
  • NEWS SUMMARY ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN, 03 July 1998 -- Asylum seekers story still doubted; So-called nuclear scientist, ex-employee of trading company; Pakistan never planned pre-emptive strike against India
  • English News Headlines PAKISTAN TELEVISION CORPORATION LIMITED , 02 July 1998 -- A SPOKESMAN OF PAKISTAN ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION HAS CATEGORICALLY DENIED THE BASELESS, MALICIOUS, FABRICATED AND CONCOCTED STORY OF AN ALLEGED ENGINEER IFTIKHAR KHAN CHAUDHRY.
  • [EXCERPTS] U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing 02 July 1998 -- PAKISTAN US has no information to support asylum-seeker's claims on first-strike plans.
  • [EXCERPTS] U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing 01 July 1998 -- PAKISTAN Reports of Pakistani nuclear scientist seeking asylum in the U.S./Nuclear arms testing
  • Pakistan Nuclear Scientist Flees By Chelsea J. Carter Associated Press , July 1, 1998 -- A man who worked in Pakistan's nuclear program said Wednesday he and four colleagues fled their country for fear it would launch a first strike against India, and he said Pakistan already has weapons in two border cities aimed at its neighbor.
  • PAKISTAN DEFECTION Voice of America 01 July 1998 -- A MAN WHO CLAIMS TO BE A HIGH-LEVEL PAKISTANI NUCLEAR SCIENTIST SAYS PAKISTAN PLANNED A NUCLEAR STRIKE AGAINST INDIA EARLIER THIS YEAR.



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