The University of Karachi (UoK) arranged a rally to mark the Youm e Takbir and celebrate the 25th anniversary of successful nuclear bomb test explosions which were performed at Ras Koh Hills in the Chagai District of Balochistan Province on May 28 and 29, 1998.
The KU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Khalid Mahmood Iraqi, Registrar Dr Imran Ahmad Siddiqui, deans, chairpersons, teachers of various faculties, students, staff, and employees attended the event in large numbers. The rally started from the new administration block and went to the Azadi Chowk and ended up back at the administration building. The participants were carrying the national flags, and hand banners in their hands.
The KU VC Professor Dr Khalid Mahmood Iraqi during his address mentioned that the Mohsin-e-Pakistan Dr A.Q Khan has done a great favor to the Pakistani nation and he will be remembered by the whole nation because, in reply to India’s five nuclear tests, we performed seven nuclear bomb tests and send a clear message to the world and particularly to India that Pakistan can face its enemy without relying on others.
He said that our forces are fighting against internal and external enemies and conspiracies and sent a message to the whole world that Pakistan’s borders and its nuclear program are in safe hands. He informed the audience that Dr A.Q. Khan had made Pakistan’s defense secure.
The KU VC Professor Dr Khalid Iraqi said that like Dr A.Q. Khan who loves Pakistan unconditionally, we all love and respect him so much. He urged that the establishment of a knowledge-based society is essential for development and especially for the recognition of Pakistan at the global level.
He shared that global recognition is not possible without knowledge and Dr A.Q. Khan always strived for the establishment of a knowledge-based society in Pakistan because he was well aware of the art of building and developing an institution.
He further said that May 28 is a historic day for Pakistan. India conducted five nuclear tests on May 13, 1998, in response to which Pakistan conducted seven nuclear tests and send a message to the world that Pakistan is also a nuclear state and a peaceful country.
The KU VC Professor Dr Khalid Iraqi added that on May 28, 1998, Pakistan becomes the only Muslim country that has nuclear power, and without any doubt, it was a very proud moment for every Muslim around the globe.
“There was intense pressure for not performing nuclear bomb testing and the US and the West were offering financial and other benefits, but all the offers and pressures were put aside, and national interest and integrity were given the topmost priority, and we managed to carry out successful nuclear experiments.”
He observed that whatever happened on May 09, 2023, was not good for society and we have not seen such incidents in the country like that in the past and hoped that it would never repeat in the future.
Meanwhile, the President of the Karachi University Teachers Society Professor Dr Solaha Rahman said that we have to create a prominent position in the field of research to compete with the world in every field of life, just as our forces have a prominent position in the whole world, similarly, we have to be prominent in other fields as well. Our young generation can compete with the world only by adapting to the modern requirements of today.
Earlier, the KU Student Affairs Adviser Dr Syed Asim Ali said that on May 28, we become a nuclear power state and this is our honor and pride, and today we are celebrating Youm-e-Takbir to thank the people who had initiating the peaceful nuclear program in the country, completing the project and protecting it.
The President of the Karachi University Officers Welfare Association Muhammad Fareed Siddiqui said that after the nuclear tests, Pakistan proved that it knows how to respond to every tactic of the enemy. “Dr A.Q. Khan made Pakistan a nuclear power through his tireless efforts and gave a new look to Pakistan’s arms program.”