Nation is celebrating the 21st 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.
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, on this day in 1998, Pakistan successfully conducted its tests in Rasko hills of Chaghi district of Balochistan.
Despite getting nuclear capability, Pakistan has always advocated for a South Asia free of nuclear weapons while showing its steadfast commitment to non-proliferation and global peace. At the same time, Pakistan has developed its robust command and control systems to ensure comprehensive nuclear safety.
Here is a look at the nuclear tests as we walk down memory lane;
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21 July, 2019