Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday reiterated his resolve to transform Pakistan into ‘an economic power’.
Taking to Twitter, the prime minister, while referring to Youm-e-Takbir, said in 1998, the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif, in a bold show of leadership, rejected all pressures and inducements and made Pakistan a nuclear power. “Today in 1998, PM Nawaz Sharif rejected pressures and inducements in a bold show of leadership & made Pakistan nuclear power of the world. Now we are resolved to turn it into an economic power. My gratitude to all those who helped make our defence invincible. Youm-e-Takbir Mubarak,” he said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, the armed forces also 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 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 issued a statement.
It said: “24 years ago on May 28, 1998, Pakistan established credible minimum nuclear deterrence, restoring the balance of power in the region. The armed forces pay tribute to all those who worked selflessly, stayed steadfast against all odds and made this possible”.
Earlier in the day, a spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Pakistan was committed to the promotion of an environment of peace and stability in South Asia while preserving its capability to ward off aggression in any form.
“It is a partner in international efforts to strengthen the global non-proliferation regime based on the principles of non-discrimination and equal security for all states. It adheres to the latest international standards on export controls and maintains the highest standards of nuclear safety and security,” the spokesperson said in a press release as the nation observed the 24th anniversary of Pakistan’s nuclear tests conducted in 1998.
The tests not only demonstrated the resolve of the Pakistani nation to safeguard Pakistan’s territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty but also the desire to preserve strategic balance in South Asia, he added.
The spokesperson further said that threats to strategic stability in South Asia underscored the importance of Pakistan’s proposal for a strategic restraint regime (SRR) which provides for measures for (i) resolution of outstanding issues, including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir; (ii) nuclear and missile restraints; and (iii) conventional balance.