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Govt announces public holiday on May 28 marking Youm-e-Takbeer

Youm-e-Takbeer commemorates the day Pakistan carried out successful nuclear tests in 1998.

The federal government has announced a public holiday on May 28 marking Youm-e-Takbeer.

A notification for the holiday was issued by the Cabinet Division on Monday with the approval of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

In a statement, PM Shehbaz Sharif said the Youm-e-Takbeer reminded the Pakistani nation of unity to make the defence of the country invincible.

On this day, the premier said, the entire nation had resolved for the integrity of this country that no compromise would be made on the country’s defence by accepting any kind of external pressure.

“The Youm-e-Takbeer reminds political and defence forces to unite under one flag, the green crescent flag, to strengthen the defence of this country,” he added.

The premier also said the Youm-e-Takbeer is a day to pay tribute to the former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and the Pakistan Army for making Pakistan’s defence invincible.

“On this day, we also pay tribute to [former PM] Zulfikar Ali Bhutto for initiating Pakistan’s nuclear programme and the scientists who played an important role in its maintenance,” the premier added.

PM Shehbaz Sharif said that the entire nation including him also pledged that they would work hard day and night to ensure the economic security of this country like they made the defence of this country impregnable on May 28, 1998.

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