ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Youm-e-Takbeer is indeed a day of pride for the Pakistani nation and Muslims all over the globe.
“With the blessing of Almighty Allah, Pakistan became the seventh nuclear power of the world, so the nation while reiterating its resolve for the solidarity and unity of Pakistan should celebrate the occasion,” he said in his message on the occasion of Youm-e-Takbeer being observed today (Thursday).
The PM also reminded the nation about the historic background of the event. On May 11, 1998, India with its nuclear tests had disturbed the balance of power in the South Asian region.
PM Nawaz went on to say that there was a surge in the aggressive designs of India as it not only showed its intentions of sending armed forces to Azad Kashmir with converging of army on the Line of Control but its defence minister also announced that the Indian Army would be armed with nuclear weapons.
“Under such a nerve wrecking situation we started consultation to cope with the Indian threat and face the international pressure mounting on the country for not conducting nuclear tests,” he said.
“But fortunately the spirit and thoughts of the whole nation and by keeping national interest in sight we took the decision and by the grace of Almighty Allah, on May 28, 1998, Pakistan became a nuclear power. “
The prime minister said that after conducting nuclear tests, defence of Pakistan became impregnable and the enemies could not dare to look towards it with bad intentions.
He said now the enemies had changed their strategy and were trying to weaken the country internally.
PM Nawaz further said that the government alone could not face such a situation but for this purpose the government, the nation and the armed forces had to tackle it unitedly.
He went on to say that by the grace of Allah Almighty, today the entire Pakistani nation is united on the issue of terrorism and added the ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb against terrorists was getting unprecedented successes.
He said the officers and Jawans of Pakistan Army were sacrificing their lives to get the motherland rid of the curse of terrorism so that the present and future of the coming generations could be secured.
The prime minister said on this important occasion he would like to mention China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and added no one can deny the fact that a strong economy is a must for a strong defence.
He added that the CPEC project was an important step towards this end. “I assure the people with complete honesty that the benefits of the project will reach the people of every region of Pakistan,” he added.