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.
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.
Here is a look at the nuclear tests as we walk down memory lane;
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;
— Shoaib Malik 🇵🇰 (@realshoaibmalik) May 28, 2018
Today is the day when Pakistan became the 7th & 1st Muslim country to have a nuclear power ♥ (May 28,1998)
May Almighty always protect my country ♥ Amen___#Yom_e_Takbeer #PakistanZindabad pic.twitter.com/rP7DD8ygtc
— Sakina Khan🇵🇰 (@Pathani_hsk) May 28, 2018
— پاکستان (@PakistanJanPak) 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
— ⓗHazeefa Fatimahⓕ (@Hazeefafatimah) May 28, 2018
— Asif Ghafoor (@peaceforchange) May 27, 2018
— احمد خالد بھٹی (@MaLaang_here) May 28, 2018
— Faizan Ahmed (@faizan_ahmed5) May 28, 2018
— usman qaiser (@usmanqaiser6) May 28, 2018
— NB Fans (@naeembukhari_) May 28, 2018
— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) May 28, 2018
— Tayyaba Chudhary (@TayyabaLatifCh) May 27, 2018