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State of Emergency in Pakistan

May 28, 1998

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) - Just hours after Pakistan detonates five nuclear devices, Pakistan’s President Rafiq Tarar on Thursday declared a state of emergency citing ``threat by the external aggression to the security of Pakistan,″ the state-run news agency reported.

The terse announcement does not identify who the aggressor might be but Pakistan has accused neighboring India of threatening to attack its nuclear installations.

A state of emergency suspends Pakistan’s constitution and the legal system.

Pakistan earlier tested five nuclear devices in response to the testing two weeks ago by India of five nuclear devices.

The retaliatory tests virtually guarantee a nuclear arms race on the Asian subcontinent, one of the poorest regions in the world.

Shortly after midnight on Thursday India’s ambassador to Pakistan was summoned to the foreign ministry and warned that Pakistan had received ``credible evidence″ of a possible pre-emptive strike by India on its nuclear facilities.

India has called the allegations ``baseless and malicious″.

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