LAHORE - The Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust (NPT) marked the 17th Youm-i-Takbeer on Thursday.

At a sitting jointly organised at Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan, the speakers observed that as the Pakistan Muslim League created Pakistan and later on made it a nuclear-armed state, it will now bring revolutionary changes by conducting an economic explosion.

NPT Chairman Muhammad Rafique Tarar presided over the sitting while Punjab Governor Malik Rafique Rajwana was the guest of honour.

Besides Col (retd) Jamshaid Ahmad Tarin, Justice (retd) Aftab Farrukh, Choudhry Naeem Hussain Chattha, Allama Ahmad Ali Kasuri, Begum Majeeda Wyne, Rana Muhammad Arshad, Dr Ajmal Niazi, Dr MA Sufi and Maj Gen (retd) Rahat Latif, a large number of people from all walks of life particpated. The proceedings of the ceremony were conducted by NPT Secretary Shahid Rasheed.

Rafique Tarar said that the six explosions carried by Pakistan in response to India’s five made India realise that Pakistan is an undeniable reality now.

“The then Indian prime minister came to Lahore by bus, visited the Minar-i-Pakistan and noted in the visitors’ book that harmony in relations with Pakistan is must for regional stability,” Tarrar recalled.

Unfortunately, a military dictator staged a coup d’état and an elected government was sent home, he regretted.

Governor Rajwana said that Youm-i-Takbeer is also a day on which we must make resolutions for our future. India’s nuclear explosions had disturbed the balance of power in the South-East Asia, which was restored by Nawaz Sharif’s decision to go ahead with the atomic explosions, he viewed.

Rajwana congratulated NPT for working tirelessly to prepare the youngsters for the protection and preservation of the ideological boundaries of the homeland.

NPT vice chairman Dr Rafique Ahmad observed that the ideology of Pakistan is a spiritual one. The atomic explosions made Pakistan impregnable and invincible on the material level. Now it is up to us to use the scientific knowledge for the conquest of the whole universe, he suggested.

“First of all, we must do away with the evils of poverty and illiteracy, and then try to bring about a positive revolution in every department of life,” he advised.

Mian Farooq Altaf observed that the day is of parallel importance to Independence Day - Aug 14, 1947. It guarantees the protection of our future, he stated.

In a message on the occasion, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that it is a day of pride not only for the Pakistani nation, but for the Muslims throughout the world. Nuclear blasts made the defence of Pakistan impregnable, now the enemies dare not harbour any evil designs or grudge against our homeland, the premier added.

Lauding the dedication and efforts of NPT for observing the day during his exile, Nawaz Sharif said he had been remembered in kind and affectionate terms for which he is so grateful.

He also observed that Youm-i-Takbeer must be observed with full fervour and enthusiasm, as this day restored the balance of power in the South-East Asia, which had been dangerously disturbed by India’s May 11, 1998 nuclear explosions.