Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Sunday that Youm-e-Takbeer was not just a day but a story of the nation’s challenging and remarkable journey towards establishing credible minimum deterrence, APP reported.
The prime minister said on his Twitter handle that on that day, Pakistan set a redline for its defence and laid down the rules of the game for peace and stability in the region.
“On the Silver Jubilee of Youm-e-Takbeer, I pay rich tributes to the political & military leadership, scientists, engineers and all those who remained associated with our nuclear programme,” he said in a tweet as the nation celebrates the 25th anniversary of Youm-e-Takbeer on Sunday.
The prime minister further said that their hard work, commitment and determination made it possible for the people to guard their independence from any physical threat.
“The day represents how the consensus between all elements of national power achieved what once looked like an uphill task,” he tweeted.
The prime minister said Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was a visionary who initiated the nuclear programme. In a show of bold leadership, his leader Mian Nawaz Sharif firmly rejected the stick-and-carrot policy and ensured that the country became nuclear.
“All along, our armed forces remained a guardian & protector of the programme in the face of malign intentions of our enemies,” he said.