ISLAMABAD- Youm-e-Takbeer, the celebration of Pakistan’s atomic explosions in 1998, was observed across country with national zeal and fervor today. Pakistan, on May 28, 1998, joined the prestigious club of seven nuclear powers, by conducting nuclear tests to give a befitting response to India’s initiative of testing nukes on May 11 and 13, the same year. Rallies, processions and demonstrations were conducted across country. The jubilant participants vowed to support future advancement by the new government in the field of defense and technology. A remarkable ceremony in connection with the day is being held at the place of Chaghai model near the Faizabad Interchange. Rich tributes would be paid to the team of nuclear scientists who raised Pakistan’s strategic status in the comity of nations and signified the principle of self-reliance. The party workers of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) also lit candles besides holding cake cutting ceremony on this occasion to mark the day in a befitting manner and paid tributes to the leadership of the then Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif who “did not accept external pressure” and opted for nuclear tests to consolidate the country’s defense.