PM Shehbaz Announces Public Holiday to Mark Youm-e-Takbeer

PM Shehbaz Announces Public Holiday to Mark Youm-e-Takbeer

(KARACHI, – Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif announced on Monday that May 28, 2024, will be a public holiday to commemorate Youm-e-Takbeer.

This day marks the historic moment when Pakistan conducted its nuclear tests in the Chagai hills of Balochistan, solidifying the nation’s defense capabilities.

In a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, PM Shehbaz Sharif emphasized the significance of Youm-e-Takbeer as a day that unites the Pakistani nation in a collective commitment to national defense. “Youm-e-Takbeer reminds the Pakistani nation of unity to make the defense of the country invincible,” he stated.

Reflecting on the events of 1998, the Prime Minister highlighted the unwavering resolve of the Pakistani people and leadership in the face of international pressure. “On this day in 1998, the entire nation decided for the integrity of the country, that there would be no compromise by accepting any external pressure on national defense,” he remarked.

The Prime Minister underscored the importance of national unity, calling on all Pakistanis to come together under one flag to strengthen the country’s defense. “Youm-e-Takbeer reminds us of becoming united under the one flag to strengthen the defense of this country alongside our political and defense forces,” he said.

PM Shehbaz Sharif also used the occasion to reaffirm Pakistan’s commitment to thwarting any threats, both external and internal. He spoke of renewing the pledge to counteract any attempts to destabilize the country through divisive politics. “This is also the day of paying tributes to the measures taken by then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Army to make the national defense invincible,” he added.

The declaration of a public holiday aims to provide citizens an opportunity to reflect on the country’s achievements and the sacrifices made to secure its future. The government encourages all Pakistanis to use this day to celebrate national unity and reaffirm their commitment to the country’s defense.

Youm-e-Takbeer stands as a symbol of Pakistan’s determination and resilience, a reminder of the pivotal moment when the nation chose to secure its sovereignty through decisive action. As the country observes this day, it serves as a testament to the enduring spirit of the Pakistani people and their unwavering dedication to their homeland.