Every year, May 28 brings fond memories of the nuclear tests, in which a third or fourth generation of Pakistanis has been living a sense of impregnable security since then prime minister Nawaz Sharif pressed the button on May 28 in 1998 to test nuclear devices in Chaghi. It was the culmination of a journey mounted by former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto after the fall of Dhaka. It was the will of the masses who gave their word to Zullfikar Ali Bhutto and successive governments and scientists that they would rather eat grass than go on the path of indignation. Several international powers warned Zulfikar Ali Bhutto that they will make an example out of him if he goes that path unbeknown of the fact that he is going to make history. In this journey, our armed forces stood vigilant all along. Former prime minister Benazir Bhutto introduced reforms to make life normal again but she also clung to her father’s dream. In short, the entire nation has shown that they can move together to chase a dream. On this Youm-e-Takbeer, we as a nation need to refresh the resolve that we are together and we are a serious nation. On this day, we must give the world the message that we can shed our differences when it comes to our dignity and defense. We also need to give the world a message that we are responsible and we are a nation and no one can make us into a violent mob like Modi did to the Indians.
Pakistan’s nuclear programme has always been based on the idea of deterrence rather than actually using these deadly weapons against enemies. By having a hostile neighbor with nuclear capabilities right next door, it became critical for Pakistan to have these capabilities as well, therefore, the programme was launched. Our scientists worked hard for years and the blood and sweat of people from all walks of life made the programme possible. The nuclear tests gave Pakistan power in the region. However, it has never been Pakistan’s mission to abuse this power and since the first day of joining the nuclear club, Pakistan has supported the world, generally, and South Asia, specifically, free from and nuclear bombs. To show this solidarity, our government has reiterated its steadfast commitment to non-proliferation and global peace. The primary reason behind Pakistan’s decision to build a nuclear arsenal was to avoid any form of military suppression from other countries. Since the inception of the programme back in the 70s, during these testing and critical years of nuclear device development, our scientists with the national leadership worked to design, produce and test an extremely rugged device for the nation. We are a nuclear power, but when will become an economic power?