This day, 14 years ago, emotionally charged voices of a team of scientists, who conducted the nuclear test in Chagi, chanted “Naara-e-Takbeer, Allah-o-Akbar.” This was a declaration that henceforth Pakistan is a declared nuclear weapon capable state. The resource-starved Pakistan had no ambition to go nuclear, but was compelled to do so.
On May 28, 1998, Pakistan conducted its first nuclear test. The time has been termed as “Pakistan’s Finest Hour”.
Needless to say that the moments between May 11 to 28 witnessed interesting events. The then Prime Minister, Mian Nawaz Sharif, recently narrated that during this period he consulted almost everybody for opinion and in the process when he sought Mr Majid Nizami’s views, the reply he received was stunning. Mr Nizami had told him point blank that if he did not go ahead for a matching response, the people of Pakistan would shred him into mince. Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto advocated not only an immediate nuclear test by Pakistan, but also asserted that India should be disarmed by a pre-emptive attack. The Chairman of the PAEC was given a go ahead. “Dhamaka kar dein” (Conduct the explosion) were the exact words used by the Prime Minister to inform him of the decision.
Different Urdu Columns on Youm-e-Takbeer Pakistan: