Nation celebrates 20th Youm-e-Takbeer today

ISLAMABAD: Youm-e-Takbeer is being observed today, to mark the 20th anniversary of Pakistan’s historic nuclear tests.

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On this day Pakistan became the first nuclear power in the Muslim world and seventh world power by demonstrating its nuclear capabilities regardless of international pressure in response to Indian aggression in the region.

Pakistan detonated seven nuclear devices at the hills of Chaghi in Balochistan, 17 days after India’s  five detonations of Pokhran-II in 1998.

It was on this day in 1998 that Pakistan was forced to take that decision as a response and in self-defence to the nuclear tests accompanying hostile posturing by its neighbour.

In his message on the Youm-e-Takbeer, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said the observance of this day provides an opportunity to the nation to reiterate its resolve for defence and solidarity of the country.

Meanwhile, in Chagai, a rally was organized alongside the mountain where atomic test took place on May 28 in 1998 near Dalbandin to celebrate Youm-e-Takbeer.

Different organizations will arrange special programmes and functions today to highlight importance of the day.

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