28 May, 1998: Pakistan successfully tested its nuclear weapons at Chaghi hills in Baluchistan. The government promised the necessary follow-up measures for the people of the area to avoid any after-effects but did not fulfill the promise and hundreds, if not thousands, are known to be suffering for the effects of the nukes.
- Was having nuclear weapons inevitable for Pakistan ?
- Will we ever be able to come out of the myth of the security state and head towards a social welfare state ?
These question tease me all the time but I could not find an answer. The anxiousness in me increases when I see thousands in this land of the pure deprived of education, health care facilities and needs as basic as food, shelter and even water !
Are we celebrating at the cost of the 6 million Baloch citizens ?