Youm-e-Takbir: It has been 22 years since Pakistan became a nuclear power
Today is Yom Takbir in remembrance of the historic nuclear tests carried out by Pakistan on May 28, 1998. On that day, Pakistan responded to India’s nuclear blasts by detonating five nuclear warheads in the Chaghi area of Balochistan.
Twenty-two years ago, after the atomic bombings, Pakistan became the first nuclear power in the Muslim world and the seventh in the world. The atomic bombings were carried out because India had endangered the security of the region by carrying out three bomb blasts in Pokhara on May 11, 1998.
After the nuclear blast by the Indian leadership, a series of dangerous threats to Pakistan also started. On the one hand, India was preparing to attack Pakistan’s nuclear laboratories with threats and with the help of Israel, on the other hand, the Western countries were trying to keep Pakistan out of the nuclear test by threatening sanctions.
The then US President Bill Clinton also called five times and advised the then Prime Minister not to carry out a nuclear explosion while millions of dollars in aid was offered in return. However, despite international pressure, the government ordered five nuclear explosions on May 28 and nuclear tests were carried out in the Chaghi mountains to the echo of the slogan Takbir.
Dr. Abdul Qadir, the creator of Pakistan’s nuclear program, wrote a letter to Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in 1974, offering to work on the nuclear program, and the same year began the process of uranium enrichment at Kahuta Laboratories. Pakistani scientists continued their nuclear program despite extremely difficult circumstances and made the country one of the most advanced nuclear-capable countries in the world.
According to a report, Pakistan currently has more than 100 nuclear warheads. Pakistan’s nuclear program continues to grow rapidly despite intense international pressure, and Pakistan adds ten new atomic bombs to its arsenal each year.
After the Indo-US nuclear deal, Pakistan has signed a similar agreement with China. Nuclear power plants are also being built in the country with the cooperation of China, while two new plutonium-producing nuclear reactors have also been completed near Khushab. Another nuclear plant is under construction in Khushab, which is sure to further increase the country’s ability to build nuclear weapons.
On the one hand, the atomic bomb ensures the dignified integrity of Pakistan, a rival to a militant country like India, but because of the development and protection of this most expensive weapon, Pakistan has not been able to achieve the economic growth goals it has so far achieved. It should have been done, but in some fields Pakistan even went back to where it was.