Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has announced 10-day celebrations to mark the 24th anniversary of Pakistan’s successful nuclear tests. To clarify, 28th May is commemorated as “Youm-e-Takbeer”, which loosely translates into the “day of glory”.
Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb released the theme for “Youm-e-Takbeer” which is “We did not bow down, we will never bow down”. According to the details, the celebrations will begin from 19th May and will carry on till 28th May.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has directed all four provinces of Pakistan, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Azad Jammu Kashmir to actively take part in the celebrations. Educational institutions, students, and youth, in particular, will be made a part of these events.
The Prime Minister has appealed to all sections of society including all political parties, lawyers, doctors, media, workers, and civil society organizations to celebrate this national day with national spirit.
“May 28, 1998, is a day of national pride and a great history of Pakistan for never giving up on its independence, sovereignty, and national interests. Under the leadership of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan was made a nuclear power, now we will make it an economic power, ” Marriyum Aurangzeb said.
وزیر اطلاعات مریم اورنگزیب نے یوم تکبیر پر "نہ جھکے تھے، نہ جھکیں گے'' کا عنوان جاری کردیا
وزیراعظم شہباز شریف کا جوہری دھماکوں کے 24 سال مکمل ہونے پر 10 روزہ تقریبات منانے کا فیصلہ @Marriyum_A pic.twitter.com/VOmYmN4qx9
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Importance of Youm-e-Takbeer
On 28th May 1998, Pakistan conducted its first five nuclear tests in the north-western Chaghi district of Balochistan, exhibiting a powerful resolve against New Delhi’s aggressive posturing.
This day has great significance in the history of Pakistan, as it was the day the country, its military and civilian leadership succeeded in achieving nuclear deterrence to ward off its regional enemies and create a balance of power to curb India’s aggressive posturing and establish peace in South Asia.
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The nuclear tests allowed Pakistan to enter the international nuclear club, garnering the seventh position amongst nuclear-armed states, and the very first Muslim country to become a nuclear power. This welcomed a new balance of power, providing Pakistan strategic advantages, along with ensuring stability across the region.
Pakistan faced a crippling wave of international pressure and the western world threatened with severe economic sanctions but then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the military leadership did not yield and successfully conducted the test.