Nuclear scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan passed away at the age of 85 in Islamabad on Sunday morning. Dr. Qadeer had contracted Covid-19. However, his condition improved, and he was discharged after being treated at Al-Shifa hospital and later at the military hospital in Islamabad.
Last night, his condition took a profound shift, and he was taken to a nearby hospital, where he took his last breath this morning at 7:05 AM. Doctors tried to save his life but his lungs collapsed as he took his last breath this morning.
Being a scientist who introduced Pakistan and made it one of the nuclear powers on earth, Dr. Abdul Qadeer’s demise has left everyone mourning the loss. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister and the cabinet members took to Twitter to share their condolences and talk about the contributions of Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan.
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.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) October 10, 2021
The government has decided to bury Dr. Qadeer at Faisal Mosque with state honors. In this regard, a meeting has been summoned by Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid at the General Development Authority (CDA) headquarters to finalize the funeral arrangements for Dr. Qadeer.
Today the nation has lost a true benefactor who served the motherland with heart and soul. The passing of Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan is a huge loss for the country. His role in making Pakistan an atomic power remains central. May Allah shower his blessings on his soul!
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) October 10, 2021
President Dr. Arif Alvi said that he had personally known Dr. Khan since 1982. “He helped us develop nation-saving nuclear deterrence, and a grateful nation will never forget his services in this regard.”
انا للّٰہ وانا الیہ راجعون
Deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan. Had known him personally since 1982.
He helped us develop nation-saving nuclear deterrence, and a grateful nation will never forget his services in this regard. May Allah bless him.
— Dr. Arif Alvi (@ArifAlvi) October 10, 2021
Pervaiz Khattak, minister of defense, also shared his deep condolences over the demise of Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan.
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ
Deeply grieved at the sad demise of Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan. Great loss! Pakistan will forever honor his services to the nation! Nation is heavily indebted to him for his contributions in enhancing our defence capabilities.
— Pervez Khattak (@PervezKhattakPK) October 10, 2021
The Life Of Dr. Abdul Qadeer
Born in 1936 in Bhopal, India, Dr. Khan had immigrated with his family to Pakistan in 1947 after the partition of the subcontinent.
After learning of India’s nuclear test in 1974, he had joined his nation’s covert efforts to develop nuclear power. He founded the Khan Research Laboratories in 1976 and was instated as its chief scientist as well as its director for many years.
Dr. Abdul Qadeer approached the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. He informed him about his expertise in the challenging Uranium enrichment process through which Nuclear energy is acquired. Meanwhile, Qadeer offered to serve Pakistan with his capabilities, and Bhutto immediately asked him to return to his country.
Dr. Qadeer led the country’s nuclear program for 25 years. He was awarded the Nishan-i-Imtiaz for his services to the country and is considered the pioneer of Pakistan’s nuclear program.
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