Pakistan marks 24th ceremony of its nuclear explosions
Pakistan is celebrating 24th Youm-e-Takbeer ceremony on Friday to commemorate its historic nuclear tests conducted on May 28, 1998 at Chaghi in Balochistan, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
The day is being commemorated with national enthusiasm and sense of patriotism. The government had decided to observe 10-day celebrations to mark the Youm-e-Takbeer under the theme of “Na Jhukay Thay, Na Jhukay Ge” (We Never Yielded and We Will Never Yield).
On the historic day of May 28, 1998, after conducting atomic explosions, Pakistan became the seventh atomic power of the world and first ever of the Muslim world.
Pakistan conducted five atomic explosions in response to India’s one explosion which took its arch rival off guard, leaving it baffled completely.
Rejecting the world pressure, then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif decided to go with the atomic explosion decision in the best national interest and in order to make the country’s national defense unassailable.
After conducting atomic explosions, Pakistan defense became invincible and it shattered into pieces the long-cherished Indian rulers’ dream of ‘One India’.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has also released a national song in this connection with an aim aimed to highlight the importance of this day.
Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif had announced ten-day celebrations on the completion of 24 years of nuclear tests.
On this occasion, the foreign ministry in its statement said today the nation is observing its 24th anniversary of Pakistan’s nuclear tests conducted in 1998 in response to testing of nuclear weapons by India. The tests not only demonstrated the resolve of the Pakistani nation to safeguard Pakistan’s territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty, but also the desire to preserve strategic balance in South Asia.
Pakistan is committed to promoting the environment of peace and stability in South Asia, while preserving its capability to ward off aggression or adventurism in any form. It is a partner in international efforts to strengthen the global non-proliferation regime based on the principles of non-discrimination and equal security for all states. It adheres to the latest international standards on export controls and maintains the highest standards of nuclear safety and security.
Threats to strategic stability in South Asia underscore the importance of Pakistan’s proposal for Strategic Restraint Regime (SRR) which provides for measures for: (i) resolution of outstanding issues, including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir; (ii) nuclear and missile restraints; and (iii) conventional balance.
In paying tribute to its scientists, engineers and technicians in ensuring Pakistan’s security, the nation also deeply appreciates the contributions of Pakistan’s nuclear program to the country’s socio-economic development. Pakistan is employing nuclear technology in pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ranging from energy, water and food security, education, health, agriculture and industry. Nuclear power generation as a source of reliable, clean and affordable alternative to fossil fuels constitutes an important element of Pakistan’s energy security plans. This year, the operationalization of the second 1100 MW K-3 Nuclear Power Plant in Karachi marks another milestone, which signifies the role of nuclear science and technology for socio-economic development and welfare of the people of Pakistan.
In the health domain, 20 cancer hospitals being operated across the country by Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) bear the bulk of cancer burden in Pakistan. In the field of agriculture, the contributions of nuclear research centers in Pakistan to the development of high yield climate change resistant varieties of crops has been recognized internationally.
The Pakistan Center of Excellence in Nuclear Security (PCENS) is an IAEA-recognized Center of Excellence imparting international trainings in nuclear security. Pakistan also offers fellowships under the IAEA Marie Curie Fellowship program and has seconded experts to the IAEA in various fields. Pakistan looks forward to further expanding its international collaborations in the peaceful uses of nuclear technology and sharing its expertise with other countries including in nuclear regulatory matters.
Rana Sanaullah salutes Nawaz Sharif for nuclear tests
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Saturday that it was on this day 24 years ago that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had shown to the world that Pakistan was a nuclear state, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.
In his special message on the eve of ‘Yaume Takbeer’, celebrated every year on May 28 in connection with the detonation of nukes by the country in response to nuclear tests by neighboring India, he said today he saluted former prime minister and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif for his bold decision to make the country invincible. “It has now been proved that only a brave political leadership could take such courageous steps in the country’s interests,” he said, adding, “Nawaz preferred conducting nuclear tests to take dollars from the USA, and hence laid down the foundation The country’s self-sufficiency. ”
Sanaullah went on to say that it was the PML-N which had made Pakistan an atomic power and it would also be the PML-N which would make the country economically prosperous.
He further said that it was now a proven fact that Pakistan was a responsible nuclear state. “The entire Islamic world also takes pride in Pakistan’s nuclear prowess,” the interior minister added.
Reporter Saud Butt