ISLAMABAD: Youm-e-Takbeer is being observed with great zeal and fervor in Pakistan today (May 28).
On this day in 1998, responding to Indian nuclear tests, Pakistan carried out five successful nuclear tests in Chaghi, Balochistan, followed by another nuclear test on 30th May in Kharan.
After these nuclear tests Pakistan officially became seventh nuclear power of the world and first in the Muslim world.
Pakistan had achieved the nuclear technology after a long struggle and constantly dealing with international pressure. The foreign powers did not want Pakistan to test its nuclear weapons, however India’s nuclear tests triggered a demand throughout the nation to test the technology.
As a result, Pakistan tested its nuclear devices successfully, while refusing financial assistance worth millions of dollars. The decision made the security of the nation inviolable.
The Youm-e-Takbeer means Pakistan did not want nuclear proliferation and, in response to Indian direct aggression and attacks, has attained nuclear capability. After Fall of Dhaka in 1971, and India’s first nuclear tests in 1974, Pakistan was forced to develop a nuclear weapons program under the nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan.