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September 1998 Pakistan Special Weapons News

  • PAKISTAN EXPRESS SERIOUS CONCERN WITH INDIA'S MISSILE PRODUCTION Embassy of Pakistan News 29 September 1998 -- The production of the Prithivi -- capable of carrying nuclear warheads -- represented a qualitative change in the fragile security situation of the region, he said.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing , SEPTEMBER 25, 1998 - We don't normally discuss what another country is secretly or privately discussing with us. I hope you wouldn't want us to reveal what another country said; what would be the point of having a private discussion if we just told you about it? But broadly speaking, we have made clear that in order for sanctions to be lifted, there has to be substantial progress across the board on the matters of concern to us. And those are laid out in the Declaration of the Five and the UN Security Council Resolution 1172.
  • Sharif blames India for Pak's N-tests The Hindustan Times 25 September 1998 - Despite claims by both sides of a breakthrough in the Vajpayee-Nawaz Sharif talks here earlier in the day, the Pakistani Prime Minister made a hard-hitting speech in the UN General Assembly, today, in which he practically blamed India for Pakistan's nuclear tests.
  • Pakistan agrees to sign CTBT Redif On The NeT 24 September 1998 -- Speaking at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharief , however, linked the decision to lifting of US economic sanctions imposed on his country after its nuclear tests in May this year.
  • Address by H.E. Mr. Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan 53rd Session of the UN General Assembly, on 23rd September 1998 PAKISTAN MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS
  • Report: India, Pakistan can make more nuclear weapons than thought (AP) September 23, 1998 -- New information on nuclear reactor performance indicates that India is now capable of producing 455 atomic bombs and Pakistan can build 105 nuclear weapons. The estimates are higher than the current widely accepted view that India can now produce a maximum of 65 bombs while Pakistan can make at most 25 bombs. New information provided by the Canadian Nuclear Association on the performance of Canadian nuclear reactors in India and Pakistan led to the revised projections.
  • Nawaz meeting with Clinton to help ease economic sanctions: Shamshad ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN (22-09-1998) Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif's meeting with US President Bill Clinton, lasting over 45 minutes will help ease economic sanctiions against pakistan.
  • PM IN ADDRESS TO UN OFFERS INDIA NON-AGGRESSION PACT Embassy of Pakistan News 22 September 1998 -- Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif September 22 offered New Delhi to negotiate a "treaty on non-aggression between India and Pakistan."
  • Pakistan has not signed CTBT ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN (21-09-1998) Pakistan's Permanent Representative in Geneva Munir Akram on Sunday, categorically said Pakistan has not signed the Comprehensve Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). He refuted the resports carried in a section of the press in this regard. Akram said CTBT is not on the agenda of the talks Pakistan is holding with the United States, Britain and France.
  • TRANSCRIPT: NSC ADVISOR BERGER BRIEFING IN NEW YORK 21 September 1998 -- As the government of Pakistan made steps along the path of strengthening the nonproliferation regime, we would be in a stronger position to take steps on the sanctions side.
  • HOME BROADCASTS RADIO PAKISTAN 18-09-1998 -- The Foreign Minister, Mr. Sartaj Aziz has categorically stated that Pakistan will not sign the CTBT, unless the unjustified economic and other sanctions are lifted and its legitimate concerns are addressed to its satisfaction.
  • National interest to be safeguarded before signing CTBT ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN (18-09-1998) Pakistan has shown its willingness to consider acceding to the CTBT provided its economic and security interests are adequately addressed by the western countries.
  • PAKISTAN / NUCLEAR Voice of America 17 September 1998 -- A NEW BOOK BY TWO EXPERTS ON PAKISTAN SHOWS WIDE SUPPORT IN THAT COUNTRY FOR ITS NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM. IN THEIR JUST PUBLISHED BOOK, "PAKISTAN AND THE BOMB," DAVID CORTRIGHT AND ZIA MIAN USED PUBLIC OPINION SURVEYS TO TRACE PAKISTAN'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM.
  • Pak draft resolution for signing CTBT put off The Hindustan Times 17 September 1998 - In a sudden turn-around, the Nawaz Sharif Government today dropped its plan to bring a draft resolution in Parliament for signing of the CTBT but said a final decision will be taken keeping national interests in mind.
  • Joint sitting of Parliament resumes debate on CTBT -- Pakistan not to transfer nuke technology to any country ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN (17-09-1998) Joint sitting of Parliament resumed debate on Wednesday on the comprehensive test ban treaty (CTBT) with members from the treasury and some of the opposition benches participating in the debate.
  • English News Headlines PAKISTAN TELEVISION 16-09-1998 -- WINDING UP THE DEBATE ON CTBT IN PARLIAMENT THE FOREIGN MINISTER CATEGORICALLY STATED THAT PAKISTAN WILL NOT SIGN THE TREATY UNTIL AND UNLESS THE UNJUSTIFIED ECONOMIC AND OTHER SANCTIONS ARE LIFTED AND ITS LEGITIMATE CONCERNS ARE ADDRESSED TO ITS SATISFACTION.
  • HOME BROADCASTS RADIO PAKISTAN 16-09-1998 -- The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mr. Siddique Khan Kanju has categorically stated that there has been no underhand dealing on CTBT and the government has brought the issue before the Parliament for a threadbare discussion.
  • No decision behind closed doors - Kanju ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN(16-09-1998) : Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Siddique Khan Kanju on Tuesday categorically denied any "secret decision" on the CTBT reiterating that government would not sign the treaty under coercion.
  • Taliban's mentor issues fatwa against CTBT Redif On The NeT 16 September 1998 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharief has been threatened with a jehad if he signs the ''anti-Islamic" treaty.
  • A Q Khan favours signing the CTBT Redif On The NeT 16 September 1998 -- The father of the Pakistani bomb has argued that such a move will not mean rolling back the country's nuclear capability, or even oblige it to open all its facilities to international inspection.
  • Pak. Parliament fails to decide on CTBT The Hindu : 16-09-1998 :: Pg: 14 :: The Nawaz Sharif Government is once again facing a crisis following the failure of the joint session of the Pakistan Parliament to decide the country's stand on signing the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
  • 'Pak. got warhead canisters from N. Korea' The Hindu : 15-09-1998 :: Pg: 13 :: North Korea has delivered several shipments of weapons material to Pakistan including warhead canisters for the medium range missile, Ghauri. American spy satellites, the report said, had shown increased activity at the Khan Research Laboratory's missile production and assembly plant The spy satellites had also photographed a missile storage site, less than a mile from the Kahuta assembly plant.
  • Pak producing 'more Ghauri missiles' The Hindustan Times 15 September 1998 - Pakistan received several shipments of warhead canisters for the new Ghauri medium range missile and other weapons materials from North Korea in mid-June, according to intelligence reports quoted in the Washington Times.
  • HOME BROADCASTS RADIO PAKISTAN 14-09-1998 The Joint sitting of Parliament will resume discussion Monday evening on whether Pakistan should or should not sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
  • Pak. Opposition unrelenting on CTBT By Amit Baruah The Hindu : 14-09-1998 :: Pg: 14 :: A combined Opposition seems unwilling to oblige the Prime Minister, Mr. Nawaz Sharif, in his bid to secure a ``consensus'' on signing the CTBT. The Opposition, which walked out of a joint session of Parliament on Friday, has asked for ``full details'' of Pakistan's negotiations with the United States on non- proliferation issues.
  • Pakistan will sign CTBT only on recognition as nuclear weapon state Redif On The NeT 12 September 1998 -- Initiating a special debate on the CTBT at the joint session of the Pakistani Parliament on Friday evening, its Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz categorically stated that Pakistan will never agree to the reversal of its nuclear capability. "The nuclear deterrence established by our demonstrated capability is vital for our national security and is an assurance of peace in the region," he said.
  • Govt to follow decision of Parliament on CTBT , Sept 12 (APP) :Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, while reiterating to defend the national interests on the question of CTBT, on Friday declared that the Parliament will decide country's position on signing the treaty.
  • English News Headlines PAKISTAN TELEVISION 11-09-1998 - JOINT SESSION OF THE SENATE AND THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BEGAN IN ISLAMABAD TODAY TO DISCUSS COMPREHENSIVE TEST BAN TREATY.
  • CTBT: Sharif Govt. calls joint session of Parliament By Amit Baruah The Hindu : 11-09-1998 :: Pg: 14 :: The decision of the Nawaz Sharif Government to summon a joint session of Parliament in an effort to evolve a consensus on signing the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) is obviously an attempt to wriggle out of the present economic crisis that engulfs the country.
  • Pak 'decides to sign' CTBT, may face public backlash The Hindustan Times 11 September 1998 - Pakistan seems set to sign the CTBT with the Nawaz Sharif Government awaiting final nod from Parliament amidst apprehensions about a possible public backlash on the issue.
  • CLINTON / SHARIF Voice of America 08 September 1998 -- PRESIDENT CLINTON CALLED PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF TUESDAY TO DISCUSS REGIONAL SECURITY AND NON-PROLIFERATION ISSUES.
  • Pak. preparing ground to sign CTBT? The Hindu 2 Sep 1998 ``We have crossed the threshold, and our voluntary moratorium (on further nuclear tests) and even accession to CTBT, if we so decided in our national interest, will not erode our nuclear deterrence capability. We, however, suspected that India opposed the CTBT because it wanted to test and develop nuclear weapons.
  • HOME BROADCASTS RADIO PAKISTAN 01-09-1998 -- The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mr. Muhammad Siddique Khan Kanjuassured the House that as a sovereign State, we alone will determine our course of action. We will maintain the nuclear deterrence that we have already established.



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