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28 May 1998: The day when Pakistan became Nuclear power

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ISLAMABAD: On May 28, 1998, Pakistan launched five nuclear tests in the Chaghai district of Balochistan to warn India not to cast an evil eye on its sovereignty.

The day was then named as ‘Youm-e-Takbeer’ and the nation celebrates that day with enthusiasm and traditional zeal.

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18 years ago on this day, Pakistan acquired the weapons nobody can ignore, ensuring peace and stability in the region. Pakistan became the first and only Muslim country to become a nuclear power to settle the score with India on its nuclear bomb tests conducted on 11th and 13th May of the same year at Pokhran in Rajasthan state.

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It was the day when the then Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif ignored every pressure and didn’t care about anyone. Sharif demonstrated the political will of the leadership and opt for nuclear tests despite immense pressure and warnings from the US and other major world powers urging him to avoid the tests.

Special prayers were offered in the morning today for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan, supremacy of the constitution, and eradication of terrorism.

On the day, PM delivered his message to the nation and said: “Being fully prepared to protect Pakistan from external threats is a national responsibility to ensure that no one dares harbor any ill intentions for the country.”

“Pakistan’s atomic programme was developed to make country’s defense impregnable. It is a guarantee to peace in South Asia. This program created the balance of power, which was necessary to make this region safe,” he said.

“Our nuclear program shows the ability of Pakistani’s to face all challenges,” he added.

He also congratulated the nation on the historic event and declared the day as an important milestone in the history of Pakistan like Independence.