Rawalpindi (Agencies): The Armed Forces paid tribute to all those who worked selflessly and stayed steadfast against all odds to make the country's endeavour possible for achieving nuclear deterrence, the military's media wing stated on Saturday.
In a statement, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on the occasion of 24th Youm-e-Takbeer and in commemoration of the nation's indomitable resolve to attain nuclear capability, twenty four years ago on May 28, 1998, Pakistan established credible minimum nuclear deterrence, restoring balance of power in the region. Armed Forces pay tribute to all those who worked selflessly, stayed steadfast against all odds and made this possible".
23 years ago on this day, Pakistan restored balance of power in the region by successfully establishing credible minimum nuclear deterrence. AFs and the nation pays tribute to all those involved in making this dream come true. #YoumeTakbeer— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) May 28, 2021
Youm-e-Takbeer is being observed across the country today (Saturday) with great zeal and fervour to commemorate the 24th anniversary of historic nuclear tests at Chaghi in 1998.
This year theme of the day is "Na Jhuky thay na Jhuken gay".
On this day in 1998, responding to Indian nuclear tests, Pakistan carried out five successful nuclear tests in Chaghi, Balochistan followed by another nuclear test on 30th May in Kharan.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif was the prime minister of Pakistan at that time, under whom nuclear tests were carried out as major world powers urged him to avoid the tests.
Pakistan became seventh nuclear power of the world and first in the Muslim world after conducting these nuclear tests successfully.
These nuclear tests gave a clear message to the world that despite Pakistan is a peace loving country but it cannot ignore its defence needs and is capable of meeting any challenge and threat.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has also released a national song in this connection with an aim aimed to highlight the importance of this day.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had already announced ten-day celebrations on the completion of 24 years of nuclear tests.