Abdul Qadeer Khan, the founder of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program, who was accused of smuggling technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya, has died at the age of 85.
According to state broadcaster PTV, Khan died after being shifted to KRL Hospital in the city.
He was admitted to the same hospital in August with Covid 19.
But after being allowed to return home several weeks ago, he was relocated when his condition worsened.
Khan was declared a national hero for transforming Pakistan into the world’s first Islamic state. Nuclear power And to strengthen its influence against rival and allied nuclear-armed India.
But the West called it a dangerous rebellion to share technology with rogue nuclear states.
News of his death sent a wave of grief and admiration for Khan’s legacy.
“I am deeply saddened by the death of Dr. AQ Khan,” said the Prime Minister Imran Khan. Tweeted, emphasizing how much nuclear scientists loved Pakistan because of their “significant contribution to making us a nuclear weapons state”.
“He was a national icon for the people of Pakistan.”
The death of Dr. AQ Khan was very sad. He loved our nation because of his important contribution to the creation of a nuclear weapons state. It has given us protection against an aggressive, large nuclear neighbor. He was a national icon for the people of Pakistan.
– Imran Khan (mImranKhanPTI) October 10, 2021.
The Prime Minister said that the scientist would be buried at the Royal Faisal Mosque in Islamabad at his request.
The last rites were to take place on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 (1030 GMT).
According to Islamic tradition, burial should take place as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours of death.
Khan was praised for bringing the nation forward with India in the nuclear field and making its defense “invincible”.
But it found itself in international crosshairs when it was accused of illegally sharing nuclear technology with Iran, Libya and North Korea.
He admitted in 2004 that the UN-monitored International Atomic Energy Agency had put Pakistani scientists at the center of the global nuclear black market.
The country’s military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, pardoned him, instead detaining him for five years.
“The first time I saved the country was when I made Pakistan a nuclear power and I saved it again when I confessed and took all the blame,” Khan told AFP in a 2008 interview.
After his detention ended, he was given some freedom of movement around the leafy capital, but always kept in touch with the authorities, who had to inform him of his every move.
Khan, who was born in Bhopal on April 1, 1936, before the partition of India, was also behind the country’s offensive missile development program.