Today marks the 20th anniversary when Pakistan became the only Muslim-majority country to become a nuclear power. The day, that is 28th May, is commemorated as “Youm-e-Takbeer” every year to remember the nuclear tests that Pakistan conducted back in 1998. Pakistan became only the 7th country in the world to have the nuclear power capabilities.
India conducted the nuclear tests a few years before Pakistan after which it became inevitable for Pakistan to build its own nuclear arsenal. The primary reason behind this move was to avoid any military suppression from any country, including India, and maintain a regional balance of power.
The Nuclear Tests
Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan played the pivotal role in making Pakistan’s ambitions of becoming a nuclear power a reality. In response to India’s five nuclear tests, Pakistan successfully conducted its tests in Rasko hills of Chaghi district of Balochistan.
We Are Confident in Pakistan’s Ability to Deter Nuclear Threats: NCA
Pakistan’s foreign office released a clear-cut statement that Pakistan is a peace-loving and peaceful country. However, any retaliation against the sovereign state will result in an equally furious response, the statement added.
The foreign office at the time said;
Pakistan remains confident of its ability to deny space for any misadventure against the backdrop of rapidly expanding nuclear and conventional forces in its neighbourhood, deployment of BMD and pursuit of aggressive security doctrines and developing force postures.
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Here is a look at the nuclear tests as we walk down memory lane;
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Pakistanis, on social media, are celebrating the day with zeal and fervor. Let’s see how Twitter is reacting to it;
Shoaib Malik, the Pakistan Cricket Team batsmen, told how unity can prove influential in achieving anything;
A clear sign of what we can achieve if we are united in our vision #YoumeTakbeer #PakistanZindabad 🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/6iBKVM115i
— Shoaib Malik 🇵🇰 (@realshoaibmalik) May 28, 2018
There is something about 27-28 May in Pakistan's context. #PakistanZindabad #FATAMerger #YoumETakbeer
— زرغونے (@Zarghonay_) May 27, 2018
#YoumeTakbeer 🇵🇰28 May 1998
Pakistan Conducted five simultaneous nuclear tests And became World no. 7 and Islamic world No. 1 Atomic Country…
We are proud to be an Atomic power💪 pic.twitter.com/d7Db7NskoA
— Hafiz abid Hussain (@Abid_Mpa) May 28, 2018
Pakistan; a responsible nuclear power. Maintains credible minimum deterrence. Alhamdulillah. #YoumeTakbeer pic.twitter.com/K0KiwmRQMG
— Asif Ghafoor (@peaceforchange) May 27, 2018
The best way to keep peace is to prepare for war…!! #28May#Yom_e_Takbeer pic.twitter.com/kUlW6TPcKU
— AحMAD🔥 (@Hayee_mazeyy) May 28, 2018
#yom_e_takbeer day Alhamdullilah the 1st muslim country and the 7th country in the world to become Nuclear power pic.twitter.com/Srcw28CTEB
— usman qaiser (@usmanqaiser6) May 28, 2018
Father of the nation Dr Abdul Qadir Khan, Muslim Ummah is thankful to you #YoumeTakbeer pic.twitter.com/FLsXb7rFc6
— NB Fans (@naeembukhari_) May 28, 2018
Alhamdulillah Pakistan is the 1st ever nuclear power in Global Islam. Salute to Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan and all those who worked hard to make it possible #YoumeTakbeer pic.twitter.com/wUjKLVrABV
— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) May 28, 2018
May 28, 1998. The day Pakistan became 7th Nuclear Power of the world and the first in the Muslim world. "Youm-e-Takbeer Mubarak"#YoumETakbeer#TayyabaDiary pic.twitter.com/G6yDsdjr8q
— Tayyaba Chudhary (@TayyabaLatifCh) May 27, 2018
Thx to mushariff
Once More test require to Celebrating this Day :
one of the happiest days of my life 28th May 1998, However, saddens me to the fact that our responsibility increased being a nuclear state, they way we have been silent our the atrocities in Syria makes we feel sometime ashamed, it is better to die then carrying the guilt of negligence/ silence towards Muslim world. I wish it was indeed a “Muslim” bomb..