Even though Pakistan’s nuclear program was meant for deterrence against 3x bigger regional nuclear rival India but due to active participation in Arab- the Israel war and consistent support for Resistance against imperialist and colonial powers, this program was viewed differently in the Muslim world. On the 28th of May 1998 when Pakistan conducted its nuclear test, the Muslim world celebrated it as a major achievement.
- Reflecting the thoughts and the emotions.
“Pakistan’s possession of nuclear power is to be considered an asset to the Arab and Muslim nations.”
Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in the Kuwaiti daily Al-Rai Al-Aam (May 31, 1998)
“From all over the world, Muslims are happy that Pakistan has this capability…Now they feel more confident because it will help balance Israel’s nuclear capability.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi, BBC News (June 4, 1998)
He said, “We are against what you have done because we are a member of the non-proliferation treaty. But we know & understand why you have done it. And we will support you more than you expect of us.”
KSA King Fahd to Ambassador of Pakistan just a day after Nuclear Tests.