Pakistani atomic scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan has been hailed as a national hero for making his country the world’s first Islamic nuclear power.
Pakistan’s Nuclear Scientist AQ Khan Dies At 85.
AQ Khan, considered the father of Pakistan’s nuclear programme passed away at a hospital at 7 am on Sunday.
The Pakistani atomic scientist was hailed as a national hero for transforming his country into the world’s first Islamic nuclear power, but regarded by the West as a dangerous renegade responsible for smuggling technology to rogue states.
Nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, known as the “father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb”, passed away on October 10 after being hospitalised due to COVID-19.
Father Of Pakistan’s Nuclear Bomb – Abdul Qadeer Khan
He died at the age of 53, after being transferred to the KRL Hospital in Islamabad with lung problems, state-run broadcaster PTV reported.
Khan had been admitted to the same hospital in August with Covid-19, it said. After being permitted to return home several weeks ago, he was transferred back after his condition deteriorated.
Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan about Abdul Qadeer Khan
Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi said in a tweet he was “deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan”, who he had known personally since 1982.
Khan had been admitted to the same hospital in August with COVID-19, it said. After being permitted to return home several weeks ago, he was transferred back after his condition deteriorated.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was the nuclear scientist’s demise. He said Khan will be buried in Faisal Mosque in Islamabad.
“He helped us develop nation-saving nuclear deterrence and a grateful nation will never forget his services.”
“Deeply saddened by the passing of Dr A Q Khan. He was loved by our nation bec of his critical contribution in making us a nuclear weapon state. This has provided us security against an aggressive much larger nuclear neighbour. For the people of Pakistan he was a national icon.” the Imran Khan tweeted.
Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2006
Khan was lauded for bringing the nation up to par with arch-rival India in the atomic field and making its defences “impregnable”.
In 2006 Khan was struck with prostate cancer, but recovered after surgery.
A court ended his house arrest in February 2009, but Khan’s movements were strictly guarded, and he was accompanied by authorities every time he left his home in an upscale sector of leafy Islamabad.