Nation celebrates Youm-e-Takbeer in commemoration of May 28 nuclear tests

Nation celebrates Youm-e-Takbeer in commemoration of May 28 nuclear tests


Pakistan joined the prestigious club of nuclear powers by conducting nuclear tests on May 28, 1998

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) - The Youm-e-Takbeer was celebrated on Sunday with national zeal and fervour to commemorate historic nuclear tests at Chagai on May 28, 1998.

The Silver Jubilee anniversary of Pakistan’s nuclear tests conducted 25 years ago on May 28,1998 was observed. The day was marked as Youm-i-Takbeer that led to achievement of invincible defence capabilities of the country and ensured regional stability through power equilibrium.

Pakistan joined the prestigious club of nuclear powers by conducting nuclear tests on May 28, 1998. Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) noted that on this day 25 years ago Pakistan managed to pivot the balance of power in the region and made the defence impenetrable. The nation also expresses gratitude for those who sacrificed their life for the cause.   

Detonation of nuclear devices on May 28, 1998 was culmination of a daring journey took on by Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto to make the nation’s defence invincible against the arch rival India.

The program was started though with limited resources but insurmountable will and passion to ensure that the country becomes a sovereign and strong state unable to be bullied by the hostile powers.

Dreams of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto as well as the nation came true in 1998 when the then Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif stood firm against all threats to include Pakistan in the nuclear club by detonating device at Chagai.

It was the will and determination of our nation and the leadership that removed all hurdles on way to achieving this milestone.

There was also a hidden force behind this achievement and a great hero of nation Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan who with his unflinching resolve and commitment fought out all threats to the nation and his own life.

President Ziaul Haq was also less to none in taking forward the nuclear program initiated by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and despite all reservations, the nation cannot ignore his contribution.

The nuclear test Smiling Bhudda by India in 1974; rang alarm bells across Pakistan as the arch rival was going to take the much dominating status in the region. This threat made the nation to take on a gigantic task of preparing a nuclear bomb.

This desire of Dr Qadeer and his team was fulfilled in 1998 when Pakistan gave a matching response to India’s second time aggressive design by detonating nuclear device. The decision of testing nuclear device was critical but it was befittingly handled by the then civil and military leadership.

-- PM felicitates nation, says no compromise on country’s defence, sovereignty --

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif Sunday said the country’s defence, sovereignty, national dignity and freedom was above everything to the nation and no one had the courage to take away its freedom.

In a message on the occasion of Youm-Takbir to mark the day of nuclear tests carried out by Pakistan in 1998, the prime minister said the day reminded that for the defence, solidarity and national interests, they would not budge from any sacrifice.

He said the historic day was a clear declaration of ‘no compromise over country’s sovereignty, and defence’.

“Twenty five years ago today, the people of Pakistan announced the invincibility of their defense by detonating five nuclear explosions in response to India’s nuclear explosions,” he added.

The prime minister stressed that they would have to move ahead with the same spirit as manifested on Youm-e-Takbir to attain economic sovereignty and self-dependence.

He underlined that it was a day to get united for the solidarity of the country as it was the main strength of the nation and expressed his determination that with such unity, hard work and staunch faith, they would turn Pakistan into ‘an economic power’.

The prime minister paid tributes to the patriotism of then prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif who raised the head of Pakistan among the comity of nations with pride, adding the former prime minister had rejected all the pressures and temptations of billions of dollars and made Pakistan, the seventh nuclear world power and the first Islamic country possessing nuclear deterrence.

He also lauded Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the founder of Pakistan’s nuclear programme and also paid rich tributes to Benazir Bhutto Shaheed who, as an opposition leader backed prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s decision of nuclear tests in 1998.

“I want to tell the youth that there were deep political differences between the government and Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto but setting aside all the differences for the sake of the country, she supported the government,” he added.

The prime minister said the armed forces of the country had rendered valuable services for the country’s nuclear programme which had been a golden chapter in its history.

He also appreciated Dr Abdul Qadir Khan, (Mohsin e Pakistan), all scientists, engineers and other individuals who contributed to Pakistan’s atomic proramme.

The prime minister also expressed his gratitude to Saudi Arabia and other brotherly and friendly countries that had helped Pakistan during the economic sanctions.

The prime minister said the mountains of Chagi still echoed with the same resolve, and Balochistan province still bore distinction with regard to defence of the country.

PM Shehbaz said on May 28 1998, the whole world was on the other side putting pressures, threats and giving temptations, but the leadership of the country, with the support of nation and the opposition, made the impossible, possible.

“We also faced economic difficulties. The unity of the nation is the real nuclear power of Pakistan,” he added.

-- 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.