Published On: Sat, May 30th, 2020
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Conducting nuclear tests was unanimous decision of DCC: Dr. Samar Mubarak

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ISLAMABAD: Prominent nuclear scientist of Pakistan Dr. Samar Mubarak Mand has said that conducting nuclear tests was the unanimous decision of the Cabinet Committee on Defense (DCC). He said that Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was mentally prepared to carryout nuclear tests and this he had said one day prior to the DCC meeting.

This Dr. Samar Mubarak Mand said in an interview with a private TV channel. Dr. Samar Mubarak Mand said that on 14th May 1998 during the federal cabinet meeting me and Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan were asked to make preparations and pack the luggage and made the people ready to go but not go till we consult our friendly countries including China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and United Arab Emirates (UAE) and inform them what we want to do.

He sad that preparation for carrying out such test takes three to four months, adding that news came in 1996 that India was going to carryout the nuclear tests in Pokhran, adding that at that time were asked to make preparations and it is possible that we have to carryout the nuclear tests in Indian response. He said that 95 percent work had been completed in 1996 and we had completed this work in eight to 10 weeks.

Dr. Samar Mubarak Mand said that he had received go ahead signal on 20th May, 1998 and we reached Quetta on Pakistan International Airlines flight and our luggage was transported by Air Force on separate flights.

Meanwhile Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader and former foreign minister Sartaj Aziz has said that Nawaz Sharif had asked the scientists on 14th May 1998 to make preparations for carrying out nuclear tests and later on had given green signal to them. He said that Nawaz Sharif had make up his mind and he had not 90 percent but 100 percent belief that he has to do this. He said that firm commitment of Nawaz Sharif shows that how much important this decision was for the country and for the sovereignty of the country. He said that Nawaz Sharif had informed United States President Bill Clinton on 5th telephonic call that I am sorry to disappoint you as I could not sacrifice the security of the country.

Sartaj Aziz said that India had carried out three nuclear tests on 11th May and two on 13th May, adding that Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was on visit to Kazakhstan and he return back on 12th May after cutting short his visit. He said that on 13th May 1998 the meeting of the Defense Committee of the Cabinet was held, adding that army chief, Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, Dr. Samar Mubarak Mand and three federal ministers attended this meeting. He said that Nawaz Sharif had made up his mind immediately after returning to country from Kazakhstan to carryout the nuclear tests. Sartaj Aziz said that the scientists had given two weeks time to Nawaz Sharif for making preparations for carrying out nuclear tests.

Sartaj Aziz said that he gives the credit of nuclear program to Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. He said that Z.A. Bhutto had started the nuclear program in a very difficult circumstances and he had to pay the price of his sacrifice. He said that other governments also continued this program and taken to a stage where we could carryout the tests,

adding that scientists played an important role in it. Sartaj Aziz said that the credit of carrying out the nuclear tests and making Pakistan a nuclear power goes to Nawaz Sharif.