ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan believes in peace and its nuclear programme was symbol of Pakistan strong defence and a guarantee to peace in South Asia.

“Youm-e-Takbeer will be remembered as a crucial milestone like Independence Day in the history of Pakistan. Pakistan nuclear programme has made country’s defence impregnable,” he said in his message on the occasion of Youm-e Takbeer on Saturday.

He remarked “Youm-e- Takbeer was a golden chapter of the history of the country when Pakistan exploded tit for tat nuclear tests in reply to Indian nuclear tests to make its defence impregnable.

“Out military is a shield against external threats and an effective tool to foil the designs of those are engaged in destabilizing the country internally. We have witnessed its demonstration in the operation Zarb-e-Azb,” he said adding that peace has returned to the country, its economy stabilised and the country was marching towards becoming an economic power.

The premier said that several projects have been launched under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and these projects will change the destiny of the country.