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1999 Pakistan Special Weapons News

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    December

  • PAKISTAN / SHARIF Voice of America 21 December 1999 -- During his second court appearance in two days, Pakistan's former prime minister has accused the military of destroying evidence in the case.
  • PAK / SHARIF Voice of America 20 December 1999 -- On Monday, a special court in Karachi, Pakistan once again postponed the filing of formal charges against ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his six co-defendants.
  • PAKISTAN SHARIF Voice of America 19 December 1999 -- Pakistan's ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is scheduled to appear Monday in an anti-terrorism court in Karachi.
  • PAKISTAN / BLAST Voice of America 17 December 1999 -- A powerful bomb has killed at least nine people and injured 20 others in the Pakistan-controlled part of Kashmir.
  • PAKISTAN / SHARIF Voice of America 13 December 1999 -- The official filing of charges against Pakistan's former prime minister has been delayed again because of a dispute over evidence in the case.
  • YEARENDER: PAKISTAN Voice of America 13 December 1999 -- During 1999, Pakistan stood on the brink of war, witnessed the conviction of a former prime minister and rejoiced after its democratically elected government was overthrown in a military coup.
  • PAKISTAN / SHARIF Voice of America 08 December 1999 -- A special court in Pakistan has delayed formally charging ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and several others.
  • PAKISTAN / SHARIF Voice of America 07 December 1999 -- Pakistan's ousted prime minister has appeared before the country's supreme court, in a hearing re- opening a contempt of court case against his political party.
  • PAKISTAN POLITICS Voice of America 05 December 1999 -- Pakistan's military ruler Genral Pervez Musharraf has promised to restore elected local governments by the end of the year 2000.
  • PAK - SHARIF Voice of America 04 December 1999 -- A special anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has delayed the trial of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on charges of attempted murder, treason and hijacking.

    November

  • PAKISTAN-SHARIF PARTY Voice of America 27 November 1999 -- Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's political party is accusing the new military administration of mistreating Mr. Sharif in prison.
  • PAKISTAN - SHARIF TRIAL Voice of America 26 November 1999 -- In Pakistan, a special anti-terrorism court has delayed for a week filing formal charges against deposed prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, and six aides.
  • Another nuclear explosion by India will trigger same response from Pakistan : Abdul Sattar ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN NEWS SUMMARY (26-11-1999) The Foreign Minister said minimum nuclear deterrence will remain the guiding principle of our nuclear strategy. He said reasonableness and moderation will remain the hallmark of Pakistan's stance on outstanding issues of weapons of mass destruction.
  • PAKISTAN - NUCLEAR Voice of America 25 November 1999 -- Pakistan's military government says it wants a minimum nuclear deterrent, but will upgrade its capability in keeping with neighboring India's build up of its nuclear arsenal.
  • Pakistan to build more Nuclear Power Plants: Dr. Ishfaq ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN NEWS SUMMARY (24-11-1999) Chashma Nuclear Power Plant (CHASHNUPP) having a capacity of 300MWe went nuclear here on Nov. 23 following its first fuel assembly out of 121 assemblies was loaded by him. The remained 120-fuel assemblies load will be completed with in couple of days aimed at generating 300 MW from the last week of March 2000.
  • PAKISTAN - SHARIF Voice of America 22 November 1999 -- A judge in Pakistan has ruled that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif be held in jail until his next court appearance Friday in Karachi.
  • PAKISTAN BLAST Voice of America 21 November 1999 -- Authorities in Pakistan are investigating a bombing at a crowded market in the city of Lahore which killed six people and injured 20 others on Saturday. Militant supporters of deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are reportedly claiming responsibility for the attack.
  • Musharraf attends detailed briefing on Foreign Policy ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN NEWS SUMMARY (20-11-1999) Pakistan's positive approach to non-proliferation issues including CTBT was reiterated. "It was agreed that Pakistan would continue its policy of responsibility and restraint and maintain a minimum credible nuclear deterrence in the interest of regional peace and stability."
  • PAK / SHARIF TRIAL Voice of America 19 November 1999 -- An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has ordered that deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif must remain in police custody until next Monday because it wants to question him further.
  • PAK / ARRESTS Voice of America 17 November 1999 -- Military authorities in Pakistan on Wednesday began arresting politicians and businessmen who have failed to repay large bank loans by the deadline (November 16) set by the country's military government.
  • Country enjoys more democracy today than available during previous govt.: General Musharraf ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN NEWS SUMMARY (13-11-1999) He said, he does not think nuclear weapons will ever be used in any conflict between the two countries. "Both countries realise the futility of the use of nuclear weapons. It is a Dilemma. Ask India that why did they explode nuclear devices first in 1974 and than in 1998. Our security concerns are permanent in both conventional and non-conventional fields," he added.
  • PAK/SHARIF Voice of America 12 November 1999 -- Pakistan's prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted from power last month by the military, says he hopes for an early return of democracy to his country.
  • U-S / PAKISTAN Voice of America 12 November 1999 -- The United States has stepped up security at diplomatic missions in Pakistan following a series of rocket attacks.
  • US - PAKISTAN BLASTS Voice of America 12 November 1999 -- The United States has condemned the rocket attacks on U-S and United Nations' offices in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, Friday, but say it is not clear yet who is responsible.
  • First Agosta-90 B sails for Karachi from FranceASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN NEWS SUMMARY ( Nov 12, 1999) The Pakistan Navy submarine 'Khalid' has sailed from the port of Toulon in France. This is first of the three Agosta-90 B submarines that Pakistan contracted to purchase from France in 1994
  • PAK / SHARIF ACCUSED Voice of America 11 November 1999 -- One month after being ousted from power, Pakistan's military rulers have accused Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, of hijacking and attempted murder, charges that carry the death penalty under Pakistani laws.
  • Removal of sanctions indispensable for building consensus on CTBT: Pakistan ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN NEWS SUMMARY Nov 9, 1999 (APP): "In essence we will observe the spirit of the (Comprehensive Test Ban) treaty. We will not be the first to conduct further tests," Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar said in his first press conference after assuming the office.
  • TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRESS BRIEFING ADDRESSED BY THE FOREIGN MINISTER 8 NOVEMBER 1999 -- Containing nuclear dangers in South Asia will command our top priority. To that end the Chief Executive's pledge of restraint and responsibility will reinforce his government's search for effective, non-discriminatory, multilateral and bilateral agreements. Minimum credible deterrence will remain our policy. We will not participate in build-up of strategic arsenals. A nuclear arms race by Pakistan is a figment. We cannot afford it. Nor is it necessary.
  • PAK / NUCLEAR Voice of America 08 November 1999 -- Pakistan's military government says it will not sign the global nuclear test ban treaty unless sanctions against it are removed. The country's Foreign Minister says Pakistan will not be the first to conduct a nuclear test in the region.
  • PAKISTAN UNDER MUSHARRAF: 'THE GENERAL SETTLES IN' Foreign Media Reaction Issue Focus 08 November 1999 -- Pakistani dailies registered mostly positive assessments of General Musharraf as a "reluctant coup-maker" who "seemed determined to govern the country not by the law of the jungle but by the law of civilized people." Many analysts outlined what they saw as the U.S.' "dilemma" in dealing with the new ruler in Islamabad, saying that Washington had to walk a fine line between "not wanting to send a message that it condones military takeovers" and not wishing to alienate a country "that openly boasts nuclear technology."
  • Postponement of SAARC summit to increase tension between India and Pakistan Associated Press of Pakistan 06 November 1999 -- The postponement of 11th SAARC summit to begin in Katmandu from Nov. 26-28 will increase tension between India and Pakistan.
  • Text: Amb. Milam Speech to Pakistan American Studies Conference 05 November 1999 -- In remarks to the American Studies Conference in Pakistan, U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan William Milam said misconceptions about Islam in America are damaging to the Pakistani-American relationship.
  • India be dissuaded from pursuing nuclear path in South Asia Associated Press of Pakistan 05 November 1999 -- "We have announced a unilateral moratorium on further testing and emphasized the need to prevent a nuclear arms race." To achieve these objectives Pakistan has proposed to India a Strategic Restraint Regime.
  • Pakistan for settlement of all outstanding issues with India : CE Gen. Musharraf Associated Press of Pakistan 02 November 1999 -- The Chief Executive when asked on signing the Comprehensive Test ban Treaty (CTBT), said " Pakistan would adhere to its commitments to the international community. The CTBT is a ," contentious issue," and ," we will like to solve it in accordance with the desires of the people," said Gen. Musharraf.
  • PAK / BANK DEFAULTS Voice of America 02 November 1999 -- Pakistan's military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, on Wednesday warned those who have defaulted on bank loans that they could face criminal charges if they don't pay back the loans by November 16th.
  • PAKISTAN / MILITARY Voice of America 01 November 1999 -- Pakistan's military ruler has promised to revive the country's ailing economy and to provide thorough accountability in its government.

    October

  • Vital national objectives prevents CE from setting time frame for return to democracy Associated Press of Pakistan 30 October 1999 -- The Chief Executive General Pervez Musharraf On Oct. 29 said he is targeting certain vital national objectives which do not allow him to give a time table for the return of democracy in the country.
  • Pakistan repeats call for result-oriented talks on Kashmir Associated Press of Pakistan 29 October 1999 -- Pakistan has reiterated its readiness for a result-oriented dialogue with India to resolve all outstanding disputes with India, particularly core issue of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • PAKISTAN / COMMONWEALTH Voice of America 29 October 1999 -- After concluding a two-day fact finding trip to Pakistan, representatives of the Commonwealth of former British colonies say they failed to get a date from the country's military rulers for the return of democracy to Pakistan.
  • PAKISTAN / COMMONWEALTH Voice of America 28 October 1999 -- A delegation of Commonwealth ministers has started two days of talks with Pakistan's new military rulers on a time frame for the South Asian nation to return to democracy.
  • Japan not to impose additional sanctions on Pakistan Associated Press of Pakistan 28 October 1999 -- Pakistani officials reiterated their call for removal of atmosphere of coercion to pave way for its adherence to CTBT.
  • PAKISTAN GOVERNMENT Voice of America 25 October 1999 -- Pakistan's military rulers -- who seized power two weeks ago -- have given civilians a majority of the seats on the seven-member National Security Council that will run the country for the time being.
  • KASHMIR IMPASSE Voice of America 25 October 1999 -- There is no end in sight to the long and bloody dispute between India and Pakistan over Kashmir.
  • PAK/POL Voice of America 21 October 1999 -- Deposed Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's party is demanding an immediate restoration of democracy.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1999 -- The waiver issued by the President on sanctions against India and Pakistan under the Glenn Amendment and related laws expires today. Provision to grant the President permanent comprehensive authority to waive sanctions under these provisions is contained in the pending Defense Department appropriations bill.
  • Associated Press of Pakistan 20 October 1999 -- Pakistan regrets Commonwealth's Ministerial Group's decision; Investigations continue in denying landing to Army Chief's plane; Mirwaiz hails Chief Executive's stand on Kashmir; No change in Pakistan's position on CTBT: Shamshad
  • PAKISTAN: MIXED REVIEWS OF MUSHARRAF'S DEBUT USIA Foreign Media Reaction Report 20 October 1999 -- Opinionmakers worldwide weighed in with mixed views on the newly installed military regime in Pakistan, where Chief of Army Staff General Pervez Musharraf deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif just over a week ago. A considerable number expressed reservations about the direction in which the Pakistani military would take the country. Many worried that there was now "no guarantee" that Pakistan would not use nuclear weapons against its neighbor and rival, India.
  • PAKISTAN DEMOCRACY Voice of America 20 October 1999 -- General Musharraf promised peace talks with India, restraint on nuclear weapons, and a crackdown on corruption and tax evaders in the privileged elite in order to save the country's economy. However, most of these promises have been made before.
  • USIA Foreign Press Center DoD News Briefing Wednesday, October 20, 1999 -- We have almost no military-to-military relationship with Pakistan. And we have not had much of a relationship since 1990 because of the terms of the Pressler amendment.
  • PAK -MILITARY Voice of America 19 October 1999 -- Pakistan's military says deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will remain in what they are calling -- protective custody.
  • Statement at the Press Briefing by the Foreign Secretary Pakistan Foreign Office (19 October, 1999) Pakistan has always been sensitive to international non- proliferation concerns. We will continue to pursue our policy of nuclear and missile restraint and sensitivity to global non- proliferation and disarmament objectives. As regards CTBT, there is no change in our positive approach. We need an atmosphere free of coercion. Sanctions, as we have always said, are counter-productive and unacceptable to us. Their continuation does not evoke a sense of equity or inspires confidence and cooperation.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing 19 October 1999 -- PAKISTAN Update on Situation / General Musharraf's Speech on Sunday / Whereabouts of Former Prime Minister / Prospects of US Acceptance of New Pakistan Ambassador / Sanctions
  • A Stable Pakistan in Interest of the U.S. and India, Says Inderfurth By William B. Reinckens USIA 19 October 1999 -- Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs Karl F. Inderfurth told the annual conference of the US-India Council October 19 that the United States is "not walking away from Pakistan because a stable, democratic and prosperous Pakistan is in the interest of India and the United States."
  • Text: U.S. Welcomes Musharraf's Pledge to Return to Democracy in Pakistan USIA 18 October 1999 -- The United States welcomes the pledge by Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Musharraf in an address to his nation October 17 "to work for a return to democracy and his promise that the armed forces would not stay in charge any longer than necessary," State Department Spokesman James Rubin said October 17.
  • U-S-PAKISTAN Voice of America 18 October 1999 -- President Clinton has expressed disappointment that Pakistani military chief General Pervez Musharraf - who led last week's coup - is not setting a time-table for a return to democracy.
  • PAKISTAN - COUP - REACT Voice of America 18 October 1999 -- Most Pakistanis are cheering their new military regime. People see the political upheaval as a chance to resolve the social and economic problems that have plagued Pakistan.
  • PAK SPEECH - INDIA REACT Voice of America 18 October 1999 -- India is reacting cautiously to Pakistan's offer of a unilateral reduction of forces along the India - Pakistan border.
  • PAK COUP / U-S Voice of America 18 October 1999 -- The United States is welcoming a pledge by Pakistan's military leader to return to democratic rule, but is concerned no schedule for the move has been announced.
  • COHEN / MIDEAST / PAKISTAN Voice of America 18 October 1999 -- U-S Secretary of Defense William Cohen says he is encouraged by the speech of Pakistan's new military ruler, General Pervez Musharraf.
  • General Pervez Musharraf's Address to the Nation 17 October 1999 -- "In the new nuclear environment in South Asia, we believe that both Pakistan and India have to exercise utmost restraint and responsibility.... I wish to assure the world community that while preserving its vital security interests Pakistan will continue to pursue a policy of nuclear and missile restraint and sensitivity to global non- proliferation and disarmament objectives.... We shall continue our unflinching moral, political and diplomatic support to our Kashmiri brethren in their struggle to achieve their right of self-determination... I take this opportunity to announce a unilateral military de-escalation on our international borders with India and initiate the return of all our forces moved to the borders in the recent past."
  • Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation OCTOBER 17, 1999 -- The Chief Executive of Islamic Republic of Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf said there is no change in our foreign policy. In the new nuclear environment in South Asia, Pakistan believes that both Islamabad and New Delhi have to exercise utmost restraint and responsibility. He assured the world community that while preserving its vital security interests Pakistan will continue to pursue a policy of nuclear and missile restraint.
  • Plane had only 7 minutes fuel left ISLAMABAD, Oct 17 (APP): The PIA Commercial flight carrying Chief Executive, Chairman JCSC and COAS, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, had only seven minutes of fuel left after being denied landing at Karachi.
  • PAK SPEECH Voice of America 17 October 1999 -- General Musharraf is under pressure from western countries to lay out a timetable for a return to democracy. He assured the international community that there would be no change in Pakistan's foreign policy.
  • Life is normal and there is complete peace in country: Spokesman ISLAMABAD (Pakistan), Oct 16 (APP): Chief of Army Staff has been proclaimed as Chief Executive of the country and there is proclamation of emergency and Provisional Constitutional Order and the things are quite normal and offices are working as usual. Asked upto when state of emergency is likely to last, Abdul Rauf Malik said, actually you know, the things have been announced today, and after that the process will move and definitely the things will unfold and clear up.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing 15 October 1999 -- PAKISTAN -- U.S. decision on what happened in Pakistan was a coup? / Milam-Musharaff meeting readout/US pressing for rapid return to democracy / Sanctions to limit US assistance, lending of international institutions / Issues of nonproliferation and security / India-Pakistan relationship / Restoration of Sharif government / Suspension of Pakistan from the British Commonwealth of Nations, UN Security council
  • PRESS BRIEFING BY JOE LOCKHART October 15, 1999 -- We've made very clear that we oppose the extra-constitutional efforts to depose the democratically-elected Congress, and we're focusing now on impressing on the government of Pakistan the importance of moving quickly to the restoration of civilian and democratic rule. But it's clear, in our view, that this is a military coup, and that the applicable sanctions will be applied. The President has asked his foreign policy and legal team to apply the Section 508 sanctions.
  • Text of General Pervaiz Musharraf's address Oct 15 -- Despite all my advice, they tried to interfere with the armed forces - the last remaining viable institution in which all of you take so much pride and look up to at all times for the stability, unity and integrity of our beloved country. Mr Nawaz Sharif chose to ignore all this and tried to politicise the army, destabilise it, and tried to create dissension within its ranks.
  • "Proclamations of Emergency" ISLAMABAD, Oct 15 (APP): In pursuance of deliberations and decisions of Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces and Corps Commanders of Pakistan Army, I General Pervez Musharraf, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of Army Staff, Proclaim Emergency throughout Pakistan and assume the office of the Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
  • PAKISTAN / STATE OF EMERGENCY Voice of America 15 October 1999 --Pakistan Army Chief, General Pervez Musharraf has imposed virtual martial law and has declared himself chief executive of the country.
  • Text: Inderfurth Calls for Restoration of Civil Rule in Pakistan Soon USIA 15 October 1999 -- President Clinton is sending a letter to Pakistani Army chief Pervaiz Musharraf, who seized power in the country this week, outlining "our expectations that democracy and government be restored as early aspossible."
  • PAKISTAN'S BURDEN Voice of America 15 October 1999 -- Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif deeply offended the military by blaming it for the failed intervention in Kashmir. He then tried to change its leadership. The military will not accept any intervention in its internal affairs by any elected leader.
  • PAKISTAN / STATE OF EMERGENCY Voice of America 15 October 1999 -- Pakistan Army Chief, General Pervez Musharraf has imposed virtual martial law and has declared himself chief executive of the country.
  • PAKISAN'S MILITARY GOVERNMENT Voice of America 15 October 1999 -- U-S officials describe General Pervez Musharraf as a pro-Western secularist and a critic of religious extremists. U-S officials describe Pakistan's new military ruler as a highly-professional career officer.
  • CLINTON-PAKISTAN Voice of America 15 October 1999 -- The Clinton Administration says it is examining additional sanctions against Pakistan after an apparently-difficult meeting between the U-S Ambassador to Islamabad and the country's new self-proclaimed military leader General Pervez Musharraf.
  • BRITAIN / PAKISTAN Voice of America 15 October 1999 -- Britain is suspending its aid to Pakistan in response to the state of emergency declared by the country's military leaders.
  • BHUTTO/PAKISTAN Voice of America 15 October 1999 -- Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is urging the West to give General Pervez Musharraf perhaps as long as six months to develop a plan for returning the country to democratic rule.
  • PAK COUP Voice of America 15 October 1999 -- In Pakistan, plans are reportedly being finalized for the establishment of an interim government after a military coup this week. There has been no official word on how Pakistan's military plans to run the country since overthrowing the democratically-elected prime minister and declaring a state of emergency.
  • PAKISTAN: 'A COUP IN DANGEROUS TERRITORY' USIA Foreign Media Reaction Report 14 October 1999 -- Editorials from all corners of the globe registered intense worry following the Pakistani military's ouster of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif two days ago. The vast majority of writers determined that the "coup" in nuclear-armed Pakistan had rendered South Asia much more "dangerous." Almost across the board, opinionmakers concluded that "few coups d'etat [could] pose more worry," given the conflicts between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, the perceived rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Pakistan and the country's dire economic situation.
  • CHINA / PAKISTAN Voice of America 14 October 1999 -- China says it is worried about the military coup in Pakistan. Chinese officials say they are studying the situation on the sub-continent.
  • PAK COUP Voice of America 14 October 1999 -- While Pakistan waits to hear from the leader of this week's military coup, the army has sealed off the nation's parliament. Editorials in the country's newspapers have joined the international community in calling for a restoration of democracy in Pakistan, which has seen 23 years of military rule during its 52-year history
  • PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE PRESIDENT October 14, 1999 -- I would hope that nothing would be done at this time to aggravate tensions between India and Pakistan.
  • PAKISTAN COUP: US CALLS FOR A RAPID RETURN TO DEMOCRACY The Independent 13 October 1999 Leading US South Asia watchers noted, however, that the army chief had been the force behind Pakistan's incursion into Indian-administered Kashmir three months ago and had also been responsible for restoring army control over the country's nuclear weapons programme.
  • White House Report, October 13, 1999USIA 13 October 1999 -- The White House said October 13 that it wants the earliest possible restoration of civilian rule in Pakistan, where the military ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif October 12."We want the earliest possible restoration of civilian rule consistent with democratic principles and the constitution," White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart told reporters at his early morning briefing with them.
  • PAKISTAN, THE TALEBAN AND TERRORISM Voice of America 13 October 1999 -- The military coup Tuesday in Pakistan certainly did not catch the Clinton administration by surprise - for weeks it had received indications about increasing opposition to the government in Islamabad, and had warned against any grab for power.
  • PAKISTAN COUP Voice of America 13 October 1999 -- Most people on the streets in the capital city are supporting the military take over and hope it will not last long.
  • U-N - PAKISTAN Voice of America 13 October 1999 -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today (Wednesday) denounced the military coup in Pakistan.
  • PAKISTAN - REACTION Voice of America 13 October 1999 -- Asian governments reacted Wednesday to news of the coup in Pakistan which has toppled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
  • PAK POL - INDIA REACT Voice of America 13 October 1999 -- News of Tuesday's military coup in Pakistan has sent a chill through the political establishment in India.
  • PAK GENERAL Voice of America 13 October 1999 -- Pakistan's military chief, and now its leader, has served Pakistan since 1964, when he joined an army artillery regiment and was sent to fight Indian troops in the Punjab during the 16-day war in 1965.
  • PAK COUP REACT Voice of America 13 October 1999 -- Human-rights activists in Pakistan say they are concerned the military take over Tuesday will do little to serve the long-term interests of the Pakistani people.
  • Text: Clinton Statement on Situation in Pakistan USIA 13 October 1999 -- President Clinton said October 13 that "Pakistan's interests would be served by a prompt return to civilian rule and restoration of the democratic process."
  • PRESS BRIEFING BY JOE LOCKHART The Briefing Room USIA 12 October 1999 -- Update about the unfolding coup in Pakistan. Lockhart states "I think that we're dealing with a very fluid situation where the facts are unfolding, and I would caution everyone to try not to speculate based on incomplete or pieces of information that are coming in."
  • U-S / PAK / REACT Voice of America 12 October 1999 -- The United States is calling on the Pakistani military to restore democracy quickly, but the overall American reaction has been cautious following the coup that overturned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government.
  • Defense Department Report, Tuesday, October 12USIA 12 October 1999 -- The current instability in the government of Pakistan underscores the Clinton administration's concerns about the proliferation of nuclearweapons, the Defense Department said October 12. Spokesman Ken Baconsaid that according to news reports, the Pakistan situation arose whenthe prime minister attempted to replace the army chief of staff with aperson of his own choosing. This move "triggered a response by the military," he said.
  • White House Report, Tuesday, October 12, 1999USIA 12 October 1999 -- Asked by reporters to comment on developments in Pakistan, White HousePress Secretary Joe Lockhart responded that "we know from our embassyand from other sources that clearly there's a political crisisunfolding," in that country.
  • DoD News Briefing 12 October 1999 -- In terms of the nuclear arsenal, it's my understanding that the Pakistani Army has controlled the nuclear program and the security of the nuclear weapons as a matter of course. So I don't think that anything should change, based on the events that we see taking place in Pakistan today. There are very, very limited military-to-military relationships between the U.S. and Pakistan. And there are a number of reasons for this, but the primary one is their nuclear program. There was speculation in a recent issue of the Economist that there may be a military coup. So certainly this was discussed in Pakistan.
  • PAK / MILITARY TAKEOVER Voice of America 12 October 1999 -- Pakistan's state television has announced that the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been dismissed, and that the army chief will address the nation.
  • PAK COUP Voice of America 12 October 1999 -- Pakistan's army has removed the prime minister and arrested him and senior members of his government.
  • PAKISTAN NUCLEAR - U-S Voice of America 12 October 1999 -- Pentagon officials say political unrest in Pakistan does not appear to have increased the danger that Islamabad's nuclear weapons might be used.
  • PAKISTAN-MILITARY Voice of America 12 October 1999 -- The seizure of power by the military in Pakistan is the latest in a series of army interventions in politics since the country gained independence in 1947.
  • U-S / PAK Voice of America 12 October 1999 -- The United States is calling on the Pakistani military to restore democracy quickly, following a coup that overturned the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing OCTOBER 12, 1999 -- We have always been concerned about the fact that Pakistan and India have been taking steps to develop a nuclear weapons capability. That is one of the reasons why we are strongly in favor of the ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, because we believe that that will be another lever and another tool in our effort to convince Pakistan and India to ratify the treaty. With respect to control of the nuclear capability Pakistan may have, I don't think there is a fear right this moment that that is jeopardized by recent developments. That doesn't mean that couldn't change and I wouldn't want to make any elaborate statement for all time on that.
  • NAWAZ IN A WHIRLPOOL South Asia Analysis Group Papers Gen. Musharraf forced Mr. Sharif to appoint him concurrently as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee for a period of three years, thereby breaking with the past tradition of rotating this post among theChiefs of the three wings of the armed forces. He justified this demand on the ground that the Army was the most important component of the Armed Forces and that it would/should have the exclusive responsibility for nuclear command and control. The primacy in nuclear decision-making, which Mr. Sharif had managed to wrest from the Army when the soft-spoken, under-assertive Gen. Jehangir Karamat was the Chief, has now been practically re-assumed by Gen. Musharraf.
  • Pakistan may be compelled to increase its nuclear credibility Associated Press of Pakistan 09 October 1999 -- Pakistan warned here On Oct. 8, 1999 that it may be compelled to "take appropriate action" for increasing its nuclear credibility if India is left unchecked. This was stated Pakistani Ambassador to Austria Shaukat Umer, while attending a conference on the CTBT nuclear treaty.
  • PAKISTAN - RELIGIOUS KILLINGS Voice of America 07 October 1999 -- At least 38 people have died across Pakistan in terrorist attacks and religious violence during the past 10 days. There are no claims of responsibility.
  • People trained in Afghanistan involved in terrorist incidents in Pakistan: Nawaz Associated Press of Pakistan 07 October 1999 -- Some people have been arrested and investigation revealed that there is a training camp in Afghanistan, where these people got the training to carry out terrorism in Pakistan.
  • Pakistan Navy to meet challenges of new millennium: Admiral Aziz Associated Press of Pakistan 07 October 1999 -- Restructuring of the Navy, consolidation of Agosta 90Bs project, Surface Ships indigenous construction programme and the JNB Ormara Project are well underway.
  • Pakistan dismisses Indian allegations of cross-border terrorism Associated Press of Pakistan 07 October 1999 -- Indian Foreign Secretary K. Raghunath linked resumption of talks with stopping of alleged cross- border terrorism by Pakistan. Pakistan has consistently rejected this," baseless Indian allegations of support for so called cross-border terrorism," said FO Spokesman.
  • Muslim countries support Pak stand on Kashmir: Sarwar Associated Press of Pakistan 07 October 1999 -- To a question about signing the CTBT, Ch Sarwar said, those who are asking Pakistan to sign the treaty should keep in mind the Indian nuclear doctrine. He said India is busy in building up its arsenal and nuclear plan, which is a great threat to peace and security and the world community must take notice of it.
  • PAK KASHMIR Voice of America 06 October 1999 -- Pakistani authorities have released the leader of a Kashmiri separatist group, a day after his arrest for leading several-hundred people in an attempt to cross the disputed Kashmir border into India. The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front organized the march to oppose the current division of Kashmir between India and Pakistan.
  • PAK / KASHMIR MARCH Voice of America 5 October 1999 -- Police in Pakistan have detained the leader of a Kashmiri separatist group and some of his followers to prevent them from staging a symbolic crossing of the disputed Kashmir border into India.
  • Press Release by Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman 2 October 1999 -- No flight test of the Ghauri-III missile had been planned and as such there was no question of its postponement. Test firing of the engine used in the Ghauri missile series is a normal practice and is carried out from time to time. Such routine testing of the engine was carried out a few days ago.
  • PAKISTAN DEMONSTRATORS VOA EDITORIAL 10/1/99 -- In an effort to block the demonstrations, police have rounded up and arrested hundreds of opposition party activists.
  • SUBJECT: Pakistan and India Presidential Determination No. 99-44 October 1, 1999 -- I hereby waive until October 21, 1999, the sanctions and prohibitions contained in sections 101 and 102 of the Arms Export Control Act to support the purchase of food or other agricultural commodity.

    September

  • Pakistan Completes 'Trials' of Ghauri-III Missile Engine Islamabad The News 30 September 1999 page 10 -- Pakistan has successfully completed the trials of Ghauri-III missile's engine at Kahuta Research Laboratories. Ghauri-III would cover the range of over 3,000 kilometres.
  • pakistan completes trial of ballistic missile engine sept. 30, irna - pakistan successfully completed the trial of the engine of the 3000-kilometer range "ghauri-111" missile
  • India's nuclear doctrine: A Pakistani perspective (The writer is Foreign Minister of Pakistan. This paper was read at Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, US) This sustained pursuit of nuclear weapons is seen by India as a prerequisite for the realization of its long-held vision of itself as a regional hegemon and a major global power. India's nuclear doctrine is the latest manifestation of the same pursuit. According to authoritative sources India is planning up to 400 operationally deployed warheads.
  • Address by the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the 54th Session of the UN General Assembly, 22nd September 1999 -- The Kargil crisis was a manifestation of the deeper malaise spawned by the unresolved Kashmir problem and India's escalating repression of the Kashmiri people. India launched a massive military operation in Kargil and threatened a wider conflict by mobilizing its armed forces all along the Pakistan-India international border. Pakistan acted with restraint. We believed that war between two nuclear armed neighbours must be avoided.
  • Statement by Ambassador Inam ul Haque, the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in exercise of the right of reply to the statement by the Indian Foreign Minister at the 54th session of the UN General Assembly on 22 September, 1999 -- Since its independence, India's ambitions in the region and beyond, its proclivity to resort to the use of force, its hegemonic and expansionist policies have been amply demonstrated on numerous occasions.
  • Government of Pakistan today formally filed a case in the ICJ Press Release by Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman 21 September 1999 -- On 10th August 1999, Indian Air Force planes fired air to air missiles on an unarmed Atlantique aircraft of Pakistan Navy on a routine training mission while flying over Pakistani air space. All 16 personnel on board were killed.
  • Indian N-doctrine will be raised in Pak-US talks Pakistan Foreign Ministry News 21 September 1999 -- Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz has said that controversial Indian nuclear doctrine will be raised in talks with US officials.
  • N-technology never passed on to other countries: Zaki Pakistan Foreign Ministry News 21 September 1999 -- Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Akram Zaki has said that Pakistan would not transfer its nuclear technology to another country."Pakistan has never passed on its sensitive technology and information to other countries in the past."
  • U.S. Department of State Daily Press Briefing 14 September 1999 -- CHINA-PAKISTAN -- US believes transfer of M-11 missiles by China could trigger sanctions under US law. Intelligence committee judgment on this matter is not sufficient under US law for sanctionability. US has traditionally required a high standard of evidence, because of the seriousness of the consequences.
  • CONFERENCE ON DISARMAMENT HOLDS FINAL MEETING OF 1999 SESSION 7 September 1999 Press Release DCF/381 -- Pakistan charged that the Indian document threatened a major nuclear and conventional weapons build-up in the region, while India stated that the draft doctrine was indeed a "draft" that was to be discussed by the Government and the Indian public and that India would maintain its nuclear capability only in a defensive and deterrent role.
  • "India's Nuclear Doctrine: implications for Regional and Global Peace and Security", Statement by Foreign Secretary Shamshad Ahmed at the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad 7-September 1999 -- India's nuclear doctrine announced last month is a logical evolution of India's nuclear ambitions that it pursued since its independence. India developed its nuclear option as a matter of choice and policy consistent with its long held vision as a regional hegemon and a major global power. In contrast, Pakistan has exercised nuclear option only in response to the compulsions of its security environment.
  • Indian Nuclear Doctrine Statement by Ambassador Munir Akram in the Conference on Disarmament -- 7 September 1999 -- The Foreign Secretary of Pakistan has drawn attention to the fact that the nuclear doctrine announced by India is a prescription for a massive militarization programme, both in the nuclear and conventional fields.
  • PAKISTAN / NUCLEAR (L-ONLY) Voice of America 07 September 1999 -- Pakistan says another nuclear test by rival India will affect its decision about whether to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (C-T-B-T). A senior Pakistani official says his country will most likely react negatively if India conducts more nuclear tests.
  • PAKISTAN-INDIA Voice of America 03 September 1999 -- Pakistan is releasing two Indian soldiers captured during a recent (last Monday) military offensive along the disputed border in the Kashmir region.

    August

  • Press Release by Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman 30 August 1999 -- In a hostile military action, India had shot down an unarmed Pakistan Navy aircraft on 10th August.
  • Press Release by Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman 25 August 1999 -- The Defence Committee of the Cabinet expressed serious concern on India's aggressive militarization programme, particularly, in the nuclear field, as acknowledged in the document on India's nuclear doctrine.
  • Foreign Secretary's Press Briefing on India's Nuclear Doctrine, Pakistan Foreign Office19 August 1999 -- Some people thought that New Delhi was indulging in electioneering gimmicks but the announcement of a nuclear 'Doctrine' by India should leave no doubt in any body's mind that what India is saying or doing is not merely an electioneering campaign. it is a calculated and deliberate policy seeking to promote its hagemonic and aggressive designs.
  • India's Nuclear Doctrine Statement by the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to UN at Geneva 19 August 1999 -- The draft of "India's Nuclear Doctrine", recommended by its National Security Advisory Board (NASB), indicates that India is about to embark on a further and even more dangerous escalation in the nuclear and conventional arms build-up.
  • "Indian Nuclear Doctrine", Statement by Ambassador Munir Akram in the Conference on Disarmament, August 19, 1999 -- The draft of "India's Nuclear Doctrine", recommended by its National Security Advisory Board (NSAB), indicates that India is about to embark on a further and even more dangerous escalation in the nuclear and conventional arms build-up.
  • Kargil operation Pakistan Foreign Ministry News 16 August 1999 -- The back-channel diplomacy adopted by the government during the Kargil operation had come close to an agreement by June 25, but Indians were not ready for time-bound negotiations on Kashmir, revealed Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz.
  • Independence Day of Pakistan Pakistan Foreign Ministry News 15 August 1999 -- Ambassador of Pakistan to Cairo Anwar Kamal said "Our nuclear capability is purely for peaceful and defensive purposes and Pakistan has no aggressive design against anyone". Anwar Kamal however said that until the issue of Kashmir was peacefully settled according to the wishes of the people of Kashmir, the region would continue to suffer from the instability and conflict.
  • PAKISTAN / INDIA / L-O Voice of America 14 August 1999 -- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says his country wants peace with India, in spite of the downing of a Pakistani naval plane by Indian jets, Tuesday. But Mr. Sharif is warning India there is - in his words -- "a limit to everything."
  • INDIA AND PAKISTAN ON THE BRINK? Voice of America 13 August 1999 -- The shooting down by an Indian air force jet fighter of a Pakistani surveillance plane and the death of all 16 people aboard this week has dramatically increased tension on the sub-continent.
  • PAK - INDIA Voice of America 12 August 1999 -- Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is denouncing India for shooting down a Pakistani naval aircraft, condemning the attack as a "barbaric act." Mr. Sharif says the incident will make peace talks between the two nations more difficult.
  • Pakistan-India Agreement on the Prevention of Airspace Violations Pakistan Foreign Ministry News 11 August 1999 -- India had blatantly violated the recognized international norms as well as the specific bilateral Pakistan-India Agreement on the Prevention of Airspace Violations signed on 6th April, 1991.
  • PAKISTAN - INDIA Voice of America 11 August 1999 -- Pakistan says it has fired a missile at two Indian aircraft, describing them as war planes approaching the site of a downed Pakistani plane. Indian fighter jets shot down the Pakistani anti- submarine aircraft Tuesday, killing all 16 people aboard. India says its forces acted when the Pakistani plane strayed into Indian airspace.
  • PAKISTAN - INDIA Voice of America 10 August 1999 -- Indian fighter jets have shot down a Pakistan naval patrol aircraft, killing all 16 people on board. Islamabad, which says the plane was over Pakistani territory on a routine patrol, has condemned the incident as "unprovoked aggression." The incident is the most serious confrontation between the two countries since they stopped fighting in Kashmir last month.

    July

  • PAK-KASHMIR PROTEST Voice of America 25 July 1999 -- Tens of thousands of Islamists have taken part in a rally (Sunday) in the Pakistani city of Lahore to condemn prime minister Nawaz Sharif for his decision to pull-back Muslim militants from Indian Kashmir.
  • KASHMIR BACK FROM THE BRINK BUT NO PEACE YET Voice of America 15 July 1999 -- THE WORLD PRESS IS WATCHING THE DE-ESCALATION OF THE BORDER DISPUTE BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN OVER KASHMIR, SPECULATING WHERE THE SUBCONTINENT GOES FROM HERE.
  • Transcript: Schaffer of CSIS "Global Exchange" on Kashmir Conflict USIA 14 July 1999 -- Ambassador Teresita Schaffer, director of the South Asia program at the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, expressed optimism July 14 that India and Pakistan would fulfill their commitment to withdraw troops from Kashmir, the mountainous border region between the two countries.
  • PAKISTAN/KASHMIR Voice of America 14 July 1999 -- THERE IS NO IMMINENT THREAT TO MR. SHARIF'S GOVERNMENT, BECAUSE HE HAS A LARGE MAJORITY IN PARLIAMENT.
  • INDIA AND PAKISTAN COOL KASHMIRI BORDER DISPUTE Voice of America 13 July 1999 -- THE UNITED STATES PRESS IS PRAISING THE LESSENING OF TENSIONS BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN OVER KASHMIR.
  • KASHMIR: 'BACK FROM THE BRINK', BUT 'TOO SOON TO SPEAK OF PEACE' USIA Foreign Media Reaction Report 13 July 1999 -- Analysts overseas kept a wary watch on developments in Kashmir over the past few days following the de facto cease-fire agreed to by India and Pakistan on Sunday. Observers generally credited President Clinton's personal intervention--via his talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Washington July 4th--with having eased the two rivals away from the brink of a third Indo-Pakistani war over the disputed territory of Kashmir.
  • U-S/KASHMIR Voice of America 12 July 1999 -- THE UNITED STATES HAS WELCOMED THE AGREEMENT DESIGNED TO END THE FIGHTING IN KASHMIR. THE U-S STATE DEPARTMENT SAYS NOW THE "LAHORE PROCESS" FOR A DIALOGUE ON ALL THE ISSUES SHOULD BE RESTORED.
  • THE KASHMIR STRUGGLE Voice of America 12 July 1999 -- AS THE FIGHTING WINDS DOWN ALONG THE INDIA-PAKISTAN BORDER IN KASHMIR, FEARS OF AN ALL-OUT WAR HAVE RECEDED. SO HAVE FEARS -- HOWEVER REMOTE -- OF A NUCLEAR EXCHANGE.
  • PAK/KASHMIR Voice of America 12 July 1999 -- THE TWO-MONTH HOSTILITIES IN THE DISPUTED KASHMIR REGION APPEAR TO BE NEARING AN END AFTER PAKISTAN AND INDIA AGREED ON A PLAN FOR THE ISLAMIC MILITANTS TO WITHDRAW FROM POSITIONS IN INDIAN KASHMIR.
  • PAK / INDIA Voice of America 12 July 1999 -- PAKISTAN PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF HAS CALLED FOR A SUMMIT WITH INDIAN PRIME MINISTER ATAL BEHARI VAJPAYEE.
  • PAK/KASHMIR/INDIA Voice of America 11 July 1999 -- PAKISTANI OFFICIALS HAVE ANNOUNCED (SUNDAY) ISLAMIC GUERRILLA GROUPS HAVE BEGUN TO WITHDRAW THEIR FORCES FROM MOUNTAIN POSITIONS ON THE INDIANSIDE OF KASHMIR.
  • PAK / KASHMIR / INDIA Voice of America 10 July 1999 -- THE PAKISTAN GOVERNMENT SAYS ISLAMIC MILITANTS FIGHTING IN INDIAN KASHMIR HAVE EXPRESSED A WILLINGNESS TO HELP RESOLVE THE CRISIS IN KASHMIR.
  • THE KASHMIR STRUGGLE Voice of America 10 July 1999 -- HEAVY FIGHTING ALONG THE INDIA-PAKISTAN BORDER HAS SET BACK ANY RESOLUTION OF THE LONG STANDING DISPUTE OVER KASHMIR. IT HAS ALSO RAISED ALARM OVER THE POSSIBILITY -- HOWEVER REMOTE -- OF A NUCLEAR EXCHANGE.
  • PAK KASHMIR Voice of America 09 July 1999 -- PAKISTAN HAS ANNOUNCED IT WILL APPEAL TO ISLAMIC MILITANTS FIGHTING IN INDIAN KASHMIR TO "HELP RESOLVE" THE CRISIS THERE.
  • PAK / MILITANTS Voice of America 07 July 1999 -- CALLING PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF'S WEEKEND AGREEMENT WITH PRESIDENT CLINTON "A STAB IN THE BACK," KASHMIRI GUERRILLA LEADER SYED SALAUDDIN SAYS THE GROUPS FIGHTING INDIAN SOLDIERS WILL NOT WITHDRAW FROM INDIAN KASHMIR.
  • PAK / KASHMIR Voice of America 05 July 1999 -- PAKISTANI OBSERVERS SAY THEY BELIEVE SUNDAY'S MEETING OF THE PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER AND PRESIDENT CLINTON MAY LEAD TO THE WITHDRAWL OF PAKISTANI-BACKED FORCES FIGHTING INDIAN TROOPS IN INDIAN KASHMIR.
  • PAKISTAN / KASHMIR MILITANTS Voice of America 05 July 1999 -- PAKISTAN'S OPPOSITION PARTIES AND KASHMIRI MILITANT GROUPS ARE CONDEMNING THE OUTCOME OF TALKS IN WASHINGTON BETWEEN PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF AND PRESIDENT CLINTON ON THE KASHMIR CONFLICT.
  • JOINT STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT CLINTON AND PRIME MINISTER SHARIF OF PAKISTAN July 4, 1999 -- It was agreed between the President and the Prime Minister that concrete steps will be taken for the restoration of the line of control in accordance with the Simla Agreement. The President urged an immediate cessation of the hostilities once these steps are taken. The Prime Minister and President agreed that the bilateral dialogue begun in Lahore in February provides the best forum for resolving all issues dividing India and Pakistan, including Kashmir.
  • PRESS BRIEFING BY SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL ON PRESIDENT'S MEETING WITH PRIME MINISTER SHARIF OF PAKISTAN July 4, 1999 -- Our position has been that the forces that are across the line of control need to be returned to the Pakistani side. There has been some debate about what are the right steps to be taken, what sequence. It's our view that the concrete steps must be taken reestablish the line of control, and then a cessation of the hostilities, and then a return to the Lahore process.
  • PAKISTAN / U-S / KASHMIR Voice of America 03 July 1999 -- PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF IS LEFT ISLAMABAD EARLY SUNDAY MORNING FOR WASHINGTON FOR TALKS WITH PRESIDENT CLINTON ON THE GROWING MILITARY CONFRONTATION BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN.
  • KASHMIR CONFLICT Voice of America 01 July 1999 -- INDIA CLAIMS THE FOREIGN ELEMENTS, INCLUDING BATTLE HARDY AFGHANS TRAINED AND HELPED BY PAKISTAN, HAVE INFILTRATED THE BORDER AND HAVE ENTRENCHED IN THE HILLS OVERLOOKING A MAJOR HIGHWAY. COMMUNICATIONS INTERCEPTED IN THE INDIAN-CONTROLLED KASHMIR SHOW THE INFILTRATORS ARE HIGH RANKING PAKISTANI ARMY OFFICERS.
  • PAK / INDIA /KASHMIR Voice of America 02 July 1999 -- PAKISTAN'S POLITICAL AND MILITARY LEADERSHIP MET FRIDAY TO RENEW ISLAMABAD'S CALL FOR A NEGOTIATED END TO THE CONFLICT WITH INDIA OVER KASHMIR.

    June

  • PAK / KASHMIR Voice of America 30 June 1999 -- WESTERN COUNTRIES, LED BY THE UNITED STATES, HAVE STEPPED UP PRESSURE ON PAKISTAN TO RESOLVE ITS DISPUTE WITH INDIA OVER KASHMIR. OFFICIAL-LEVEL TALKS ARE DEADLOCKED BECAUSE INDIA IS BLAMING PAKISTAN FOR STARTING THE CURRENT CRISIS.
  • CHINA / PAKISTAN Voice of America 29 June 1999 -- PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF WAS APPARENTLY UNABLE TO CONVINCE CHINA'S LEADERS TO FIRMLY SUPPORT PAKISTAN'S CALL FOR A NEGOTIATED FINAL SETTLEMENT OF THE HALF-CENTURY-OLD DISPUTE WITH INDIA OVER KASHMIR.
  • PAK / INDIA Voice of America 29 June 1999 -- THE INDIAN EMBASSY IN ISLAMABAD HAS ACCUSED PAKISTANI SECURITY AGENTS OF KIDNAPPING AND BEATING ONE OF ITS STAFF MEMBERS. THE ACCUSATION COMES ONE DAY AFTER A PAKISTANI DIPLOMAT WAS EXPELLED FROM INDIA ON CHARGES OF SPYING.
  • PAK/CHINA/KASHMIR Voice of America 27 June 1999 -- PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF IS LEAVING ISLAMABAD (SUNDAY, 1900 GMT) FOR A WEEK-LONG VISIT TO CLOSE-ALLY CHINA, TO CONSULT CHINESE LEADERS ABOUT PAKISTAN'S CURRENT CONFLICT WITH INDIA OVER THE KASHMIR REGION.
  • PAK / KASHMIR Voice of America 25 June 1999 -- GENERAL ANTHONY ZINNI, COMMANDER IN CHIEF OFTHE U-S CENTRAL COMMAND, HAS MET WITH PAKISTAN'S PRIME MINISTER TO DISCUSS THE CURRENT CRISIS BETWEEN PAKISTAN AND INDIA OVER KASHMIR. THE TWO COUNTRIES STAND ON THE EDGE OF WAR AS INDIA CONTINUES ITS CAMPAIGN TO DRIVE INSURGENTS FROM ITS SIDE OF THE DISPUTED LINE OF CONTROL.
  • PAK / KASHMIRVOICE OF AMERICA 24 June 1999 --A TOP U-S GENERAL IS IN PAKISTAN HOLDING MEETINGS WITH PAKISTANI LEADERS TO ASSESS THE CRISIS BETWEEN PAKISTAN AND INDIA OVER KASHMIR. THE TWO COUNTRIES ARE ON THE VERGE OF ALL-OUT WAR BECAUSE OF THE LATEST FLARE-UP IN THE DISPUTED REGION.
  • PAK / KASHMIRVOICE OF AMERICA 23 June 1999 -- PAKISTAN SAYS INDIA HAS MOVED OFFENSIVE TROOPS AND AIRCRAFT CLOSE TO ITS BORDER. THE PAKISTANI MILITARY SAYS IT IS READY TO DEFEND ITSELF IN THE EVENT OF A FULL-SCALE WAR WITH ITS NEIGHBOR.
  • PAK / KASHMIR VOICE OF AMERICA 18 June 1999 -- AS PAKISTAN COMES UNDER INCREASING INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE TO RESOLVE ITS CRISIS WITH INDIA OVER KASHMIR, PAKISTAN'S PRIME MINISTER IS ASKING THE HEADS OF THE LEADING INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRIES TO PLAY A ROLE IN RESOLVING THE DISPUTE.
  • PAK/INDIA/KASHMIR Voice of America 13 June 1999 -- PAKISTAN PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF HAS TELEPHONED (SUNDAY) HIS INDIAN COUNTERPART IN AN EFFORT TO EASE GROWING TENSIONS OVER THE DISPUTED REGION OF KASHMIR.
  • PAK / KASHMIR Voice of America 11 June 1999 -- PAKISTAN AND INDIA ARE TRADING ACCUSATIONS OVER THE TREATMENT OF SIX INDIAN SOLDIER WHOSE BODIES WERE RETURNED TO INDIA. INDIA IS CONCERNED ITS SOLDIERS MIGHT HAVE BEEN TORTURED. PAKISTAN HAS DENIED THE CHARGE.
  • CHINA / PAKISTAN Voice of America 11 June 1999 -- PAKISTANI FOREIGN MINISTER SARTAJ AZIZ WAS IN BEIJING FRIDAY TO BRIEF CHINESE LEADERS ON HIS COUNTRY'S CONFLICT WITH INDIA. CHINA HAS PUBLICLY STRUCK AN EVEN-HANDED TONE OVER THE CURRENT DISPUTE.
  • PAK / KASHMIR TALKS Voice of America10 June 1999 -- PAKISTAN'S FOREIGN MINISTER LEAVES FOR A VISIT TO CHINA BEFORE GOING TO INDIA FOR TALKS AIMED AT EASING THE GROWING TENSIONS. PAKISTAN'S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY HAS PASSED A LIST OF RESOLUTIONS SUPPORTING THE NEW DELHI MEETING AND CONDEMNING INDIAN VIOLATIONS OF PAKISTANI TERRITORY.
  • PAK / KASHMIR TALKS UPDATE Voice of America 08 June 1999 -- PAKISTAN SAYS IT HAS ACCEPTED INDIA'S OFFER FOR TALKS ON KASHMIR LATER THIS WEEK IN NEW DELHI. INDIA SAYS THE TALKS WILL BE CONFINED TO THE WITHDRAWAL OF ARMED MUSLIM INSURGENTS FROM ITS TERRITORY.
  • PAK / KASHMIR Voice of America 07 June 1999 -- PAKISTAN SAYS THAT DESPITE THE GESTURES IT HAS MADE TOWARD A PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT, INDIA CONTINUES TO ESCALATE A VERY TENSE SITUATION ALONG THE LINE OF CONTROL. PAKISTAN HAS REJECTED INDIAN CLAIMS THAT PAKISTANI SOLDIERS ARE ACTIVELY FIGHTING ON THE INDIAN SIDE OF THE BORDER.
  • PAKISTAN/INDIA/KASHMIR Voice of America 06 June 1999 -- PAKISTAN IS DENYING THAT THREE OF ITS SOLDIERS KILLED IN KASHMIR WERE FIGHTING ON THE INDIAN SIDE OF THE DISPUTED BORDER. BUT INDIA SAYS IT RECOVERED THE BODIES OF PAKISTANI SOLDIERS WELL INSIDE THE INDIAN KASHMIR.
  • PAK / KASHMIR Voice of America 03 June 1999 -- PAKISTAN HAS RELEASED A CAPTURED INDIAN FIGHTER PILOT TO THE RED CROSS, WHICH HAS TURNED HIM OVER TO INDIAN DIPLOMATS IN ISLAMABAD. PAKISTAN'S PRIME MINISTER SAYS THE MOVE IS PART OF EFFORTS TO DEFUSE TENSIONS OVER THE DISPUTED REGION OF KASHMIR.
  • "Non-Proliferation, Arms Control and Disarmament : A Policy Framework for South Asia" Address by the Permanent Representative of Pakistan at the Defence Threat Reduction Agency on 2 June 1999 -- Nuclear tests by India and then by Pakistan have led to a qualitatively new situation. The tests have made the application of the traditional non-proliferation agenda redundant for South Asia.
  • PAK / KASHMIR ATTACKS Voice of America 01 June 1999 -- PAKISTAN SAYS THREE OF ITS SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN KILLED WHILE THE ARMY SUCCESSFULLY REPULSED ATTACKS FROM INDIAN TROOPS ALONG THE DISPUTED LINE OF CONTROL IN KASHMIR

    May

  • RADIO PAKISTAN HOME BROADCASTS (31-05-1999) The Prime Minister told about the dangerous situation caused by the unprovoked Indian military action in the Kargil sector. Referring to the use of military aircraft and helicopter gunships by India he observed that the action is unprecedented. Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif set aside Indian allegations of Pakistan's involvement in alleged infiltration across the line of control and described it as a pretext to justify Indian actions. At least seven persons were martyred and fifteen injured due to unprovoked Indian army shelling in village Bandala Piyana on the Pakistani side of the Line of Control in the Samni valley Sunday. Indian forces in Srinagar confirmed the deaths of thirty Indian soldiers and injured to one hundred thirty others whereas dozens of the Indian soldiers are massing in kargil and Drass sectors believed to be captured by freedom fighters. Pakistan has denied the Indian baseless allegation that the pilot of Indian aircraft was shot dead after he landed in Pakistani territory when his plane was downed.
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN NEWS SUMMARY (31-05-1999) An Indian Army Major,M Sarvanand, was killed in a close combat with freedom fighters in the Batalik sector of held Jammu and Kashmir Saturday. The defence spokesman,briefing newsmen today,said six "militants" also lost their lives in the Batalik sector in a close battle.The troops were supported by air strikes for the fifth consecutive day Sunday,pushing militants in all sectors in Kargil region and established control over key ridges.
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN NEWS SUMMARY (30-05-1999) Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said Pakistan desired peace but it was not its weakness. Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz is expected to visit New Delhi next week for talks on finding ways to defusing tension at the Line of Control (LoC). "Inshaallah, he (Sartaj Aziz) will be in New Delhi next week," Information Minister Mushahid Hussain said in response to a question at the press briefing. Pakistan army said that normal exchange of artillery fire took place between its forces and Indian troops across the Line of Control (LoC) on Saturday.
  • RADIO PAKISTAN HOME BROADCASTS (30-05-1999) Pakistan has proposed dates for his visit to India for talks on finding ways of defusing tension at the Line of control. The Pakistani High Commissioner in New Delhi is in touch with the Indian authorities to finalise the dates. The Indians have brought in more re-enforcement and the number of their troops in the Kargil-Drass sector seemed to be around 12,000, equivalent to an infantry division. They have also brought in 60 to 70 Indian Airforce planes gathered at the Srinagar base.
  • PAK / KASHMIR Voice of America 29 May 1999 -- PAKISTAN SAYS ITS FOREIGN MINISTER WILL VISIT INDIA NEXT WEEK FOR TALKS AIMED AT DIFFUSING TENSIONS OVER KASHMIR, WHICH HAVE SHARPLY RISEN SINCE THE DOWNING OF TWO INDIAN FIGHTER PLANES BY PAKISTANI TROOPS IN THE PAST WEEK. INDIAN OFFICIALS SAY THE PRELIMINARY INSPECTION OF THE DEAD PILOT SHOWS BULLET WOUNDS -- INDICATING HE MAY HAVE BEEN SHOT DEAD AFTER EJECTING FROM HIS FIGHTER PLANE OVER PAKISTANI TERRITORY THURSDAY.
  • NEWS SUMMARY ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN (29-05-1999) Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has drawn UN Secretary General Kofi Annan's attention towards India's recent military actions, underlining that they have "created a very dangerous situation along the LoC and undermine peace and security in the region." Mushahid Hussain Sayed Friday strongly denied that Pakistan has ordered full-scale military mobilisation. " No, not at all, we are in the same position as we were yesterday (Thursday). We are in the defensive position. We are just there to protect our airspace and sovereignty," Mushahid told BBC World Television.
  • RADIO PAKISTAN HOME BROADCASTS (28-05-1999) Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said last year's nuclear tests imparted a new confidence in Pakistani nation that they can counter enemy's armed attack on equal terms. He said Pakistan's nuclear deterrence is a big achievement on which whole nation bows before Allah Almighty with gratefulness. Pakistan had expressed the hope that India would avoid taking provocative military action and that Pakistan reserves its right to respond appropriately. Pakistan shot down two Indian Air Force MIG aircraft this morning when they intruded into Pakistan air space. Wreckage of the aircraft hit by ground fire fell on this side of the Line of Control and one of the pilots Flight Lt. Nachi Keta of MIG-27 was captured alive when he bailed out after the destruction of his aircraft. Squadron Leader Ujha of MIG-21 was killed in the action.
  • NEWS SUMMARY ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN (28-05-1999) Pakistan on Thursday called upon international community to impress upon India to observe restraint along the Line of Control (LoC) as it was India and not Pakistan which was escalating the situation.
  • PAK/INDIA/KASHMIR Voice of America 28 May 1999 -- PAKISTAN'S FOREIGN MINISTER, SARTAJ AZIZ, HAS URGED INDIA TO "DE-ESCALATE" THE SITUATION IN THE DISPUTED REGION OF KASHMIR. INDIA CONTINUES POUNDING GUERRILLA POSITIONS OCCUPIED BY WHAT IT SAYS ARE PAKISTAN-BACKED INFILTRATORS.
  • PAK NUCLEAR CELEBRATIONS Voice of America 28 May 1999 -- PAKISTAN HAS ENTHUSIASTICALLY CELEBRATED THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF ITS NUCLEAR TESTS (FRIDAY), JUST ONE DAY AFTER DOWNING TWO INDIAN JETS ALONG THE TENSE KASHMIR BORDER.
  • PAK / INDIA WRECKAGE Voice of America 28 May 1999 -- IN THE MOST SERIOUS INCIDENT BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES IN MORE THAN A DECADE, PAKISTAN SHOT DOWN TWO INDIAN FIGHTER PLANES CAPTURING ONE OF THE PILOTS ALIVE.
  • Why Pakistan Went Nuclear By Ishtiaq Ahmad -- 28 May 1999 -- After India's five nuclear explosions of May 11 and 13,1998 Pakistan was left with no choice but to give a corresponding response to India's nuclear tests.
  • Message of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif 28 May 1999 -- One year ago today we broke the shackles of dependence on foreign technology and conducted successful nuclear tests, a distinction enjoyed by only a handful of nations in the world. I greet my people on this occasion with our heads bowed before Allah lmighty.
  • INDO-ISRAELI NUCLEAR COLLISION By Ishtiaq Ahmad - 28 May 1998 -- At least two of the five nuclear tests conducted by India may actually be Israeli nuclear tests. The components for these tests, according to highly placed Western sources, might have been shipped to India in an Israel C-130 military transport aircraft.
  • PAKISTAN / INDIA KASHMIR Voice of America 27 May 1999 -- PAKISTAN SAYS IT HAS SHOT DOWN TWO INDIAN FIGHTER JETS THAT CROSSED INTO ITS TERRITORY IN THE DISPUTED REGION OF KASHMIR. THE DOWNING OF THE PLANES IS ESCALATING TENSION BETWEEN THE TWO NEIGHBORS.
  • PAKISTAN/INDIA/KASHMIR Voice of America 27 May 1999 -- A PAKISTAN MILITARY SPOKESMAN SAYS THE INDIAN JETS WERE FLYING SIX TO SEVEN-KILOMETERS INSIDE PAKISTANI KASHMIR. THE SPOKESMAN SAYS PAKISTAN FIRED ANTI-AIRCRAFT WEAPONS AT THE RUSSIAN-MADE MIG FIGHTER PLANES.
  • BHUTTO / PAKISTAN-INDIA Voice of America 27 May 1999 -- FORMER PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER BENAZIR BHUTTO WARNS THE ESCALATING FIGHTING BETWEEN PAKISTAN AND INDIA IN KASHMIR COULD GET OUT OF HAND.
  • PAKISTAN - Q & A WITH SCOTT ANGER Voice of America 27 May 1999 -- THE PAKISTANI MILITARY HAS FLOWN A GROUP OF JOURNALISTS TO THE REGION NEAR THE LINE OF CONTROL (L-O-C) -- WHICH DIVIDES THE INDIAN AND PAKISTANI PARTS OF KASHMIR -- TO VIEW THE WRECKAGE OF THE INDIAN PLANES THAT WERE SHOT DOWN.
  • RADIO PAKISTAN HOME BROADCASTS (27-05-1999) The Director General ISPR Brigadier Rashid Qureshi told newsmen during a briefing in Rawalpindi yesterday that present situation in Kargil sector is the result of Indian designs to capture areas on Pakistani side of the LoC. and their build up of 12000 troops.
  • One pilot dead, other captured, Mushahid tells BBC ISLAMABAD, May 27 (APP): One pilot died while the other was captured when Pakistan shot down two intruding Indian planes, about 15 kilometres inside Pakistani territory, Information Minister Mushahid Hussain Sayed told BBC World on Thursday. Mushahid said that Pakistan's position that India was escalating the situation beyond serious point has been vindicated with the shooting-down of the two planes deep inside Pakistani territory. "Pakistan's position has been that we have no point in raising the temperature.It is India which is doing it. The hawks in the Indian establishment who want to divert attention from India's serious domestic political squabbles..."
  • NEWS SUMMARY ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN (27-05-1999) Foreign Office Spokesman on Wednesday said Indian military action to flush out so called, "infiltrators," is fraught with dangers and Pakistan reserves its right to respond appropriately. Director General ISPR Brig Rashid Qureshi said "Pakistan reserves the right to retaliate. It should be very very clear that we will defend every inch of our territory." Pakistani and Indian Directors General of Military Operations talked to each other on telephone to defuse the situation along the LoC.
  • Nuclear Pakistan a responsible state: Mushahid KARACHI: Federal Minister for Information Mushahid Hussain has said that the nation is celebrating the security and self-reliance achievements by our scientists and above all the self-defence
  • Many deaths reported from Indian aerial strikes in Kashmir SRINAGAR, India, may 26 (AFP) - Indian aerial strikes on Moslem rebels in Kashmir Wednesday have led to several casualties, a defence source told AFP here.
  • NEWS SUMMARY ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN (26-05-1999) Scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan on Tuesday said, Pakistan is capable of inflicting unacceptable losses on India. "Our nuclear bombs are so powerful that these can bring devastation to an extent which can be unacceptable for the enemy," he told Editors of National Dailies and senior journalists.
  • PAK / KASHMIR AIRSTRIKES Voice of America 26 May 1999 -- TENSION BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN HAS INCREASED AFTER INDIA CONDUCTED AIRSTRIKES AGAINST SUSPECTED MILITANTS IN ITS PART OF THE DISPUTED TERRITORY OF KASHMIR. PAKISTAN SAYS THE INDIAN ACTION COULD LEAD TO A DIRECT CONFLICT BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES.
  • Pakistan capable of inflicting unacceptable losses on India: Qadeer ISLAMABAD, May 26 (APP) :World famed nuclear scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan on Tuesday said, Pakistan is capable of inflicting unacceptable losses on India.
  • Nation to observe " Yome -Takbeer" with great zeal: Shahbaz LAHORE, May 23 (APP)- Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said the alive nation will commemorate "Yome-Takbeer" with fervour and enthusiasm in order to inform the importance of memorable moments of atomic explosions to the young generation.
  • No nuclear radiation of Chaghi's explosions at all : Samar ISLAMABAD, May 19 (APP): Renowned scientist, Dr Samar Mubarak Mand said Tuesday with the help of modern measuring equipment, it has been observed that Chaghi's nuclear explosions have had no nuclear radiation effects at all.
  • Pakistan's nuclear tests stabilized security situation in South Asia ISLAMABAD, May 18 (APP): Information and Culture Minister Mushahid Hussain said on Monday that Pakistan's nuclear deterrance stablized the security situation in South Asia which was upset by India's, "status-driven," nuclear tests.
  • PAK / BHUTTO Voice of America 13 May 1999 -- PAKISTAN'S SUPREME COURT SAYS FORMER PRIME MINISTER BENAZIR BHUTTO CANNOT CHALLENGE HER CONVICTION ON CORRUPTION CHARGES UNTIL SHE RETURNS TO PAKISTAN. MS. BHUTTO REMAINS OUT OF THE COUNTRY AND COULD FACE ARREST IF SHE RETURNS.

    April

  • How 'Shaheen' Was Developed by Hanif Khalid Jang [Rawalpindi] 19 April 1999 page 10 -- The Shaheen missile program was initiated in 1995 and it was assigned to the National Defense Complex (NDC). . Only that infrastructure should be created within the National Development Complex for which capabilities are not available within the country. The Shaheen-II missile will consist of two rocket motors (two stages.). The whole of India will come under its range.
  • PAK MISSILE ECONOMY Voice of America 15 April 1999 -- PAKISTAN'S FINANCE MINISTER, ISHAQ DAR, SAYS PAKISTAN WILL FACE NO FRESH SANCTIONS FROM DONORS FOLLOWING ITS MISSILE TESTS THIS WEEK.
  • PAK MISSILE TEST Voice of America 15 April 1999 -- PAKISTAN SAYS THE PREVIOUSLY-UNTESTED SHAHEEN MISSILE SUCCESSFULLY SOARED TO A TARGET IN THE ARABIAN SEA, FROM A BASE ON PAKISTAN'S SOUTHERN COAST.
  • U-S/PAKISTAN Voice of America 14 April 1999 -- THE UNITED STATES HAS EXPRESSED DISAPPOINTMENT IN THE MEDIUM-RANGE MISSILE TESTS BY INDIA AND PAKISTAN, BUT WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS NOTE THE TWO COUNTRIES HAD -- AT LEAST -- INFORMED EACH OTHER OF THEIR INTENTIONS.
  • U.S. REGRETS SUBCONTINENT MISSILE TESTS, SAYS INDERFURTH By William B. Reinckens USIA 14 April 1999 -- Washington -- "We regret that Pakistan has tested," Assistant Secretary of State Karl Inderfurth said April 14, confirming that Pakistan has successfully test fired its 1,500 kilometer Ghauri ballistic missile.
  • PAK / MISSILE TEST Voice of America 14 April 1999 -- PAKISTAN HAS CARRIED OUT THE SECOND TEST OF ITS NUCLEAR-CAPABLE BALLISTIC MISSILE IN RESPONSE TO INDIA'S TEST-FIRING OF A MISSILE EARLIER THIS WEEK.
  • PAK / INDIA REACT Voice of America 11 April 1999 -- INDIA'S TEST FLIGHT SUNDAY OF A NUCLEAR-CAPABLE MISSILE HAS RAISED CONCERNS THAT RIVAL NEIGHBOR PAKISTAN, MAY CONDUCT A SIMILAR TEST IN RESPONSE.
  • MISSILE / PAK REACT Voice of America 12 April 1999 -- A DAY AFTER INDIA TEST-FIRED A NEW BALLISTIC MISSILE, ARCH-RIVAL PAKISTAN HAS COME UNDER PRESSURE TO RESPOND.
  • Press Release issued by the Foreign Office Spokesman on the Missile Test conducted by India PAKISTAN MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK, 11 April 1999 -- Reacting to the Indian missile test of Agni-II, the Spokesman of the Foreign Office has said that the development of Agni-II introduces a new weapon system in our region which is naturally a matter of deep concern for Pakistan.
  • PAK / INDIA REACT Voice of America 11 April 1999 -- PAKISTAN WARNED IT MIGHT HAVE TO GIVE WHAT IT CALLS A BEFITTING RESPONSE. ISLAMABAD HAS MAINTAINED IF NEW DELHI CONDUCTED ANY MISSILE TESTS IT, TOO, WOULD HAVE TO TEST A NEW MISSILE CAPABLE OF CARRYING A NUCLEAR WARHEAD.
  • Pakistan says may respond to Indian missile India Express Sunday, April 11, 1999 -- Pakistan's foreign minister Sartaj Aziz said today that Islamabad might give a "befitting response" to the latest test firing by India of its Agni II missile

    March

  • Foreign Office Press Statement on the Transfer of Technology 12 March 1999 --- The Foreign Office Spokesman described as false and tendentious the report appearing in the Washington Times that Pakistan is helping North Korea to set up a uranium enrichment capability.

    February

  • NEWS SUMMARY ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN 25 February 1999 -- Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz said Wednesday that the relentless struggle of Kashmiris for their right to self-determination and Pakistan's tit-for-tat nuclear tests have forced Indian leadership to accept Kashmir as the core issue, straining relations between Islamabad and New Delhi. Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz has said that the signing of Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is not under debate because it recognizes only five countries as nuclear powers.
  • NEWS SUMMARY ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN 22 February 1999 -- The declaration further said "Convinced of the importance of mutually agreed confidence building measures for improving the security environment; It was decided that the two governments shall take immediate steps for reducing the risk of accidental or unauthorized use of nuclear weapons and discuss concepts and doctrines with a view to elaborating measures for confidence building in the nuclear and conventional fields, aimed at prevention of conflict.
  • HOME BROADCASTS RADIO PAKISTAN 22 February 1999 -- Pakistan and India also signed a memorandum of understanding agreeing that they shall engage in bilateral consultations on Security concepts and nuclear doctrines with a view to developing measures for confidence building in the nuclear and conventional fields aimed at avoidance of conflict.
  • NEWS SUMMARY ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN 21 February 1999 -- Though complex issues confront the two nations, Indian newsmen covering the summit talks between Pakistan and India appear optimistic of a general 'headway' emerging from it. 'The necessary political will is certainly present at the highest level, while normalization of relations is a common desire at the peoples level. An atmopshere of mutual trust and respect suits the two nations.'
  • NEWS SUMMARY ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN 20 February 1999 -- The two-day Pak-India summit is "a historic opporunity" and Pakistan is looking forward to "a substantive and result-oriented dialogue." Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz has said that it is imperative that Pakistan and India evolve a strategic restraint regime in South Asia that encompasses both the nuclear and conventional fields in order to reduce the risk of conflict.
  • NEWS SUMMARY ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN 19 February 1999 -- Parliamentary Affairs Minister Yasin Khan Wattoo said the nuclear explosion has raised high the national morale and its prestige in the community of the Nations. Pakistan's nuclear status has become a sign of national pride.
  • Supreme Court holds Military Trial Courts unconstitutional ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN 18 February 1999 -- Supreme Court Wednesday in a unanimous decision held the establishment of military courts as unconstitutional.
  • NEWS SUMMARY ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN 18 February 1999 -- Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said, confrontation between Pakistan and India, would not solve outstanding problems, including kashmir dispute. Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz said here Wednesday that Pakistan's foreign policy during the last two years has achieved breakthroughs including diplomatic success after the nuclear tests, securing of international spotlight on Kashmir dispute and Prime Minister's successful visit to the United States.
  • HOME BROADCASTS RADIO PAKISTAN 18 February 1999 -- The Foreign Minister Mr.Sartaj Aziz has said that Kashmir is a core issue between Pakistan and India which must be resolved in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people and UN Resolutions. He said following the nuclearization of South Asia, the world community fully recognises the fact that Kashmir was a nuclear flash point and needed to be resolved in a just and peaceful manner.
  • NEWS SUMMARY ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN 12 February 1999 -- "Pakistan achieved the nuclear capability in 1984 and I sent a letter to late General Zia-ul-Haq on December 20 the same year that on government's go ahead signal, Pakistan could explode the nuclear device at one week's notice," Dr.Abdul Qadeer said on Thursday.
  • NEWS SUMMARY ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN 04 February 1999 -- "We discussed nuclear issues and it was decided that experts from the two countries will hold meetings in March or April on export control of nuclear technology and fissile material", Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz said.
  • NEWS SUMMARY ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN03 February 1999 -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, Strobe Talbott on Tuesday said his talks with Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Shamshad Ahmed, was dominated by a wide- range of security and non-proliferation issues. US was well- aware of Pakistan's concerns and wanted its "vital security interests protected."
  • PAK / U-S TALKS Voice of America 03 Feburary 1999 -- PAKISTANI OFFICIALS SAY PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE IN TALKS HELD WITH THE U-S GOVERNMENT. FEW DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE ABOUT THE DISCUSSIONS, WHICH FOCUSED ON NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION IN SOUTH ASIA.
  • TEXT: US, PAKISTAN JOINT STATEMENT 02 February 1999 -- The United States and Pakistan issued a joint statement following Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott's meetings with Pakistan's Foreign Secretary, Shamshad Ahmad.
  • NEWS SUMMARY ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN02 February 1999 -- Foreign Secretary Shamshad Ahmed on Monday expressed cautious optimism on beginning, "a very constructive and productive," eighth round of talks with US Deputy Secretary of State, Strobe Talbott which opens between the two sides here.
  • NEWS SUMMARY ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN 01 February 1999 -- Islamabad and Washington have convergent approaches on a number of issues like Comprehensive Test Treaty (CTBT), nuclear exports controls and the need for mutual strategic restraint by Pakistan and India.

    January

  • U-S PAK TALKS Voice of America 31 January 1999 -- SENIOR U-S OFFICIALS WILL ARRIVE IN ISLAMABAD MONDAY TO BEGIN ANOTHER ROUND OF TALKS WITH PAKISTAN ON NUCLEAR ISSUES.
  • NEWS SUMMARY ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN 30 January 1999 -- Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, vowing to defend every inch of the motherland said Friday, country's nuclear capability and missiles like Ghauri and Shaheen symbolize power of Pakistan Armed Forces. "Pakistan is neither ignorant to its defence needs nor unaware of the designs of the enemy," he told troops. Chief of the Army Staff Gen. Pervez Mushraf, ruling out war between India and Pakistan said on Friday, "there is zero chance" for it.
  • State Department Briefing -- 19 January 1999 -- QUESTION: The CIA just found out that Pakistan used plutonium in the May explosions. What is exactly the significance - it should be good news that they have the uranium program frozen and they are using plutonium.
  • State Department Briefing -- 15 January 1999 -- An arms competition between India and Pakistan would intensify and lead to increased capabilities in the nuclear and missile area raises real concerns about that weaponry or capability or technology spreading to countries who have a much more direct pattern of acting in opposition to American interests.
  • PAK / I-M-F Voice of America 15 January 1999 -- THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND SAYS IT IS MOVING FORWARD WITH A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR LOAN PACKAGE FOR PAKISTAN.



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