LAHORE - Yaum-e-Takbeer is being celebrated across the country today to mark the 15th anniversary of successful nuclear explosions by Pakistan carried out in response to India’s just two weeks earlier.Pakistan became a declared nuclear power on May 28, 1998 when it successfully carried out five nuclear tests at Chaghi, Balochistan. The day is marked with great passion to remember the historic nuclear tests that made Pakistan the seventh nuclear nation of the world and the first Muslim state to have nuclear weapons. The PML-N has the distinction of making the historic decision because it was during the second tenure of Mian Nawaz Sharif that government decided to go nuclear despite tremendous US and other European countries’ pressure. In this connection, Nazria-e-Pakistan Trust in collaboration with Tehreek-e-Pakistan Workers Trust will also organise a special sitting at Aiwan-e-Karkunan Tehreek-e-Pakistan at 10:30 am today. PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif will be the guest of honour while Editor-in-Chief, TheNation and Nawa-i-Waqt, Majid Nizami will preside. Other speakers include: Dr Rafique Ahmad, Lt-Gen (R) Hamid Gul and Lt-Gen (R) Zulfiqar Ali Khan. After the tit-for-tat nuclear explosions, the UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution urging India and Pakistan to halt their respective nuclear programmes. The United States and Western nations also imposed economic sanctions on both the countries, besides enhancing pressure for signing of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). Pakistan agreed to sign it provided India would do the same. Neither of the two countries has signed the CTBT till date. After the nuclear tests, both India and Pakistan signed a moratorium on future testing. Even long before these tests, Pakistan had time and again proposed for a nuclear-free zone in South East Asia, but did not get a matching response from the Indian side.  When India became a nuclear power in 1974, former prime minister of Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had then maintained that Pakistan would do anything it could to acquire nuclear capability. It was he who started country’s nuclear programme. There is strong realisation in Pakistan that without nuclear weapons it would be too difficult to defend the motherland against any Indian aggression which enjoys superiority over Pakistan with regard to conventional weapons.