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Youm-e-Takbeer ensured Pakistan’s invincible defence capabilities.
Pakistan conducted successful nuclear tests in Chagai 25 years ago.
The nation is fervently celebrating Youm-e-Takbeer today (Sunday), which marks the historic day when Pakistan conducted successful nuclear tests in the hills of Chaghai 25 years ago.
With the tests Pakistan became the seventh nuclear armed country in the world and the first in the Islamic world reinforcing its writ in the region and restoring the balance of power.
Youm-e-Takbeer is considered a red-letter day in Pakistan’s history which ensured invincible defence capabilities and regional stability through power equilibrium. For More Information…
‘Nukes acquisition indeed a remarkable achievement’: President Alvi
On the occassion, President Arif Alvi said that the acquisition of nuclear arms was “indeed a remarkable achievement” for Pakistan as it was inevitable to maintain the balance of power in the region.
Congratulating the nation for being a nuclear-armed country, he said that Pakistan conducted the nuclear tests in response to India’s declaration of possessing atomic warheads.
“The nation pays tribute to its renowned engineers and scientists who made Pakistan a nuclear power in a short span,” Alvi added.
‘No compromise on national defence’
In his message on the occasion, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif reaffirmed that the national defence and sovereignty were impregnable. He said that Youm-e-Takbeer was a clear declaration of “no compromise over country’s sovereignty, and defence”, and a reminder that the nation would not budge from any sacrifice to safeguard.
He said that the national defence, dignity and freedom are above everything to the nation and no one has the courage to take them away.
He urged the nation to move ahead with the same spirit as manifested on Youm-e-Takbir to attain economic sovereignty and self-dependence.
The prime minister paid tribute to the patriotism of the then prime minister, Nawaz Sharif — for conducting the nuclear tests despite all external pressures — and ex-premier Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto — who founded Pakistan’s nuclear programme.
The premier also lauded the services of Pakistan and Dr Abdul Qadir Khan and all scientists, engineers and individuals who contributed to achieving nuclear deterrence. He also expressed his gratitude to Saudi Arabia and other brotherly countries that had helped Pakistan amid the economic sanctions imposed due to the atomic programme.
Army pays tribute to contributors of nuclear programme
Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) director general also highlighted the importance of the day, saying that the armed forces pay rich tribute to the “brilliant minds who conceived and achieved” nuclear deterrence despite challenges.
“We salute the scientists and engineers who turned the impossible into a reality. Long Live Pakistan,” the military’s media wing stated.
The nuke tests
The nation’s determination to protect its territorial integrity, independence, and sovereignty as well as its aim to maintain the strategic balance in South Asia were both made plain by Pakistan’s nuclear tests.
India tested its “device” for the first time in 1974 which compelled Pakistan to expedite its nuclear programme with renewed commitment.
Amid slogans of “Allah-o-Akbar”, Pakistan conducted its first test on May 28, 1998, at the RasKoh hills in the Chaghai District of Balochistan.
Pakistan looks forward to helping South Asia become a peaceful and stable region while maintaining its ability to fend off any kind of aggression or adventurism.
It respects the highest standards of nuclear safety and security and complies with the most modern international criteria for export restrictions. It collaborates with other nations in efforts to fortify the worldwide non-proliferation system founded on the ideas of equality and non-discrimination for all governments.