Yaum-E-Takbeer: nation reaffirms its resolve to the defence of Pakistan

PM vows to sacrifice for defence, national interests of country

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Islamabad:  The nation observes the twenty-fourth anniversary of Pakistan’s nuclear tests conducted in 1998 in response to testing of nuclear weapons by India. 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.

Pakistan is committed to the promotion of environment of peace and stability in South Asia, while preserving its capability to ward off aggression or adventurism 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 highest standards of nuclear safety and security.

Threats to strategic stability in South Asia underscore the importance of Pakistan’s proposal for 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.

In paying tribute to its scientists, engineers and technicians in ensuring Pakistan’s security, the nation also deeply appreciates the contributions of Pakistan’s nuclear programme to the country’s socio-economic development. Pakistan is employing nuclear technology in pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ranging from energy, water and food security, education, health, agriculture and industry. Nuclear power generation as a source of reliable, clean and affordable alternative to fossil fuels constitutes an important element of Pakistan’s energy security plans. This year, operationalization of second 1100 MWe K-3 Nuclear Power Plant in Karachi marks another milestone, which signifies the role of nuclear science and technology for socio-economic development and welfare of the people of Pakistan.

In the health domain, twenty cancer hospitals being operated across the country by Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) bear the bulk of cancer burden in Pakistan. In the field of agriculture, the contributions of nuclear research centers in Pakistan to the development of high yield climate change resistant varieties of crops has been recognized internationally.

The Pakistan Center of Excellence in Nuclear Security (PCENS) is an IAEA-recognized Center of Excellence imparting international trainings in nuclear security. Pakistan also offers fellowships under the IAEA Marie Curie Fellowship programme and has seconded experts to the IAEA in various fields. Pakistan looks forward to further expanding its international collaborations in the peaceful uses of nuclear technology and sharing its expertise with other countries including in nuclear regulatory matters.

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif had already announced ten-day celebrations on the completion of 24 years of nuclear tests.

Armed Forces have paid tribute to all those who worked selflessly, stayed steadfast against all odds and made Pakistan a nuclear power.

In a message on Saturday, the ISPR said, 24 years ago on this day, Pakistan established credible minimum nuclear deterrence, restoring balance of power in the region.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that we will not hesitate to sacrifice for defence, security and national interests of the country

Congratulating the nation on Youm-e-Takbeer, Prime Minister in his message said it is a historic day when Pakistan announced not to compromise its freedom, sovereignty and defence.

The Prime Minister paid rich tributes to the founder of Pakistan’s nuclear programme Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and great patriotic leader Nawaz Sharif.

He said Nawaz Sharif made Pakistan the first of the Islamic world and seventh of the world nuclear power, while rejecting all kind of pressure and inducement.

The  Prime Minister said the nation pays respect to the all those who contributed in making the country nuclear power including all the past governments, armed forces, scientists, engineers, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission,  Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan and all other who were associated with our nuclear programme. He said these are the heroes of the nation.

Shehbaz Sharif also thanked all the brother countries including Saudi Arabia that supported Pakistan in economic sanctions.

The Prime Minister said we, as a nation, have to move forward with passion of financial sovereignty and self-reliance of Youm-e-Takbeer.

On the occasion of Youm-e-Takbeer, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in a tweet has expressed gratitude to those who helped to make defence of Pakistan invincible.

He said today, in 1998 Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif rejected all pressures and inducements in a bold show of leadership and made Pakistan nuclear power of the world.

Shehbaz Sharif said now, we are resolved to turn Pakistan into an economic power.

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