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|May 19, 1998||
Sharief smarts under Advani's threat
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharief today reacted sharply to Home Minister L K Advani's statement on Kashmir, saying, ''We cannot sit at rest in the face of such threats from a neighbouring country.''
Talking to reporters in Islamabad after inaugurating the golden jubilee function of Radio Pakistan, Sharief asked the international community to ''tell Pakistan'' what it should do in the face of ''threats from India every second.''
Advani said in New Delhi yesterday that Pakistan should desist from sponsoring terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, realising the changed geo-strategic position in the subcontinent.
Asked if Pakistan had nuclear capability, Sharief today said that was a fact.
He, however, said the country was not carrying out nuclear tests so that it could be clear to the international community that Pakistan was a responsible country and could exercise restraint. ''If India is doing something out of sheer madness, then we do not have to blindly follow suit,'' he remarked.
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