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To sign or not to sign?

The American Senate has declined to ratify the CTBT leaving no moral justification for the United States to pressurise others to sign. There is a great possibility of change in the US instance on CTBT after the forthcoming presidential elections in the US. Under these circumstances there is absolutely no hurry at this stage to say yes or no to the treaty. Signing the CTBT should also be seen in the backdrop of the chronic Kashmir issue posing a serious threat to the security of Pakistan.
Pakistan being the only country within the Islamic world to have the distinction to achieve the nuclear capability. This is a status which is not being swallowed by those suffering from the complex of superiority in this region. People in Pakistan however feel that they have every right to improve standard of life of 140 million people by applying the modern technologies their scientists have achieved.

Suzuki and Toyota have emerged as the top automobile producers of Pakistan. They both enjoy the leading share of their respective markets; Suzuki in upto 1000 cc cars and LCVs plus a respectable share of 1300-2000 cc segment and Toyota in the big car segment of upto 2000 cc and 2,400 cc trucks. Suzuki has plans to introduce new models this year while Toyota is preparing to enter the small car market by introducing 850 cc Daihatsu Cuore car soon.

Two features marked the performance of Pakistan Petroleum for the year ending June 30, 1999. There was an increase in the volume of gas sold and more than 50 per cent decrease in trade debt as compared to the previous year. The contraction in receivable was mainly due to reduction in amount payable by WAPDA and full settlement of outstanding dues by Sui Southern Gas Company.


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