Pakistan’s ‘father of atomic bomb’ scientist Abdul Qadir Khan has died.
He died in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, on Sunday morning, local time, Dawn News reported.
Dawn quoted Radio Pakistan as saying that the 65-year-old scientist was taken to a local hospital in the early hours of the morning when his condition deteriorated.
According to Pakistan Television, Qadir Khan died after being taken to hospital with lung problems.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said in a tweet, Dr. in making Pakistan a nuclear power. The nation loved him for his important contribution.
“It simply came to our notice then. He was highly respected by the people of Pakistan, ”said Imran.
He said he would be buried at the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad “according to Qadir Khan’s wishes”.
According to the state-owned Associated Press of Pakistan, after the identification of Kovid-19 on August 26, Dr. Qadir was admitted to Khan Research Laboratories Hospital, from where he was later shifted to Military Hospital in Rawalpindi. He returned home after recovering.
“He helped build a nuclear defense to protect our nation. The grateful nation will never forget his contribution,” Pakistani President Arif Alvi said in a tweet.
Born in 1938 in Bhopal, India. Khan moved to Pakistan with his family after the partition of India in 1947.
After India’s nuclear test in 1964, he joined Pakistan’s covert initiative to acquire nuclear capability.
According to Radio Pakistan, he established Khan Research Laboratories in 1966 and served as its chief scientific officer and director for many years.
He has received Pakistan’s highest award Nishan-e-Imtiaz for his contribution to the country.
He was at the center of a global nuclear proliferation scandal in 2004 where secret nuclear information was sold to North Korea, Iran and Libya, Reuters reported. After a confession on state television, then-Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf pardoned him but kept him under house arrest in Islamabad for several years.
In his confession, Dr. Khan said he had done all these things alone without the knowledge of state officials. However, he later said that he was made a ‘scapegoat’.