Nuclear Scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan Passes Away in Islamabad
October 10, 2021
Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, a nuclear scientist, died on Sunday morning in Islamabad at the age of 85. He was given a state funeral at Faisal Mosque, and his burial was taken place at H-8 Cemetery.According to Radio Pakistan, he was admitted to a local hospital, where his condition worsened early in the morning. According to PTV, he died after being transferred to a hospital for lung problems.
Dr Khan was given a state funeral, according to Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, in accordance with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s directives.
He told the media in Islamabad that the premier had ordered cabinet ministers to attend the funeral. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and the chiefs of the services, according to the interior minister, will also be present. Rashid stated that two graves had been prepared, one at Faisal Mosque and the other at the H-8 cemetery. He later stated that his family had decided that he would be buried at the H-8 graveyard in accordance with his wishes.
“The entire nation is in mourning,” said the minister, adding that the flag would be flown at half-mast.He also stated that he had directed law enforcement agencies and the commissioner of Islamabad to make security arrangements.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said Dr Khan was beloved by the nation for his critical role in transforming Pakistan into a nuclear-weapons state.
“This has provided us with security in the face of an aggressive, much larger nuclear neighbor. “He was a national icon for the people of Pakistan,” he said, adding that he would be buried in Faisal Mosque “as per his wishes.”
President Dr. Arif Alvi stated that he has known Dr. Khan since 1982. “He greatly helped us in developing nation-saving nuclear deterrence, and a grateful nation will never forget his contributions in this regard,” he said.He received the Nishan-i-Imtiaz for his services to the country.
Dr. Khan was at the center of a massive global nuclear proliferation scandal in 2004. In a dramatic turn of events, he was accused by then-army chief and president Pervez Musharraf of running a rogue nuclear proliferation network.Shortly after Musharraf’s announcement, a recorded confession by Khan was aired, in which he accepted sole responsibility for all nuclear proliferation revealed. He was later placed under house arrest.
His house arrest was lifted by a court in February 2009, but his movements were closely monitored, and he was accompanied by authorities whenever he left his home in Islamabad.Later, he petitioned the Lahore High Court for the enforcement of his fundamental rights, including freedom of movement. The LHC dismissed the petition in 2019 on the grounds that it lacked jurisdiction due to the state’s special security measures.He then petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn the LHC’s decision, which had directed the attorney general to meet with the nuclear scientist and assuage his concerns.