Youm-e-Takbeer: Making Pakistan’s Defence Invincible

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Pakisan is celebrating Youm-e-Takbeer with national zeal and fervour to commemorate historic nuclear tests at Chagai in 1998. The decision to develop nuclear weapons and eventually test them was not easy to make. The nuclear explosions, which were conducted in self-defence to respond to India’s aggression of nuclear tests, made Pakistan’s defence invincible.  Pakistan was compelled to develop a nuclear weapons program because of a lifetime of Indian hostility and the threat of nuclear blackmail. Pakistan and India have gone to war three different times since independence. And even though the reasoning for developing Pakistan nuclear weapons was largely driven by) indian explosion of the nuclear bomb in 1974, and subsequent explosions of 1998— other important factors considered were the loss of East Pakistan, the continued Indian intransigence, and its creeping occupation of territory in Kashmir, all of which created an environment of fear and insecurity for the country. Months after independence, India and Pakistan fought their first war over Kashmir. The war ended in the United Nations, where a resolution was passed demanding that Kashmiris be given a vote to determine their future, which India, to this day, refuses to implement and continues with its reign of terror over the local population of the occupied territory. Pakistan is committed to continue working towards the promotion of environment of peace and stability at the regional and global levels. Pakistan has been actively contributing to international efforts for strengthening global norms on arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament and follows latest international standards on export controls, nuclear safety and security at the national level. Pakistan after a successful nuclear test appeared on the map as the seventh nuclear power of the world and first from the Muslim world. Despite the immense international pressure from Western countries, Pakistan embraces and celebrates Youm-e-Takbeer as a reminder of tough choices Pakistan made for nuclear deterrence and strategic stability. There is no doubt that Pakistan restored the balance of power in the South Asian region by conducting nuclear tests. After acquiring nuclear weapons capability, Pakistan is ensuring the security of its nation with utmost restraints and responsibility. However, over time, as the traditional notion of security is changing, Pakistan also realises that to ensure comprehensive human security, it must ensure economic security, energy security, food security, and environmental security for its masses. Pakistan is making use of peaceful nuclear technology in almost all sectors including energy, agriculture, industry, medical, environment and other related areas to bring prosperity and growth. However, too fully benefit from this technology requires resources and international cooperation in the file of peaceful nuclear technology. Indeed, Youm-e-Takbeer has helped Pakistani leaders in making wise decisions to consistently support nuclear nonproliferation. Pakistani scientists and engineers have employed research and development of nuclear technology for peaceful uses. For instance, power generation, agriculture, medicine, and environment. Pakistan believes in peaceful coexistence and as a responsible nuclear country, it has put serious efforts to settle longstanding disputes. If the international community would force India to follow the same, South Asia could not go into nuclear brinkmanship. Nuclear technology adds to the strengths of Pakistan. Due to its function as a deterrent, it should be taken as the means of strategic peace and stability rather than war or conflict. Hence, nuclear safety and security is both an obligation and a choice for Pakistan, which our nuclear command and control system steered by the National Command Authority (NCA) is being ensured effectively, something that has received acclaim from various quarters including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) leadership and the political leadership of various countries including the US. Pakistan follows the international best practices, norms and standards set by the IAEA. It has an impeccable record of operating nuclear power plants and safety and security of nuclear assets spanning over last four decades. Due to its nuclear expertise and safety record, Pakistan merits being given the membership of the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG). This way, Pakistan can share a lot with other countries on how to use this technology for the purposes of peace, through peaceful means, in a peaceful way and the securest possible manner.

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