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President, PM, COAS extend condolences on Dr AQ Khan’s death

President Dr. Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, and COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa have extended condolences on Dr. AQ Khan’s death.

Pakistan’s renowned nuclear scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, 85, passed away on Sunday morning after his health deteriorated. 

Dr. AQ Khan is regarded as Mohsin e Pakistan, father of country’s nuclear programme. He is revered nationally as a hero for building the Muslim world’s first atomic bomb.

President Dr. Arif Alvi extended his condolences, in a tweet following the news of AQ Khan’s demise, said: “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.”

 

Prime Minister Imran Khan also expressed his deep sorrow over Dr. Qadeer’s death and paid his last respects. 

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“Deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. AQ Khan. He was loved by our nation because of his critical contribution to 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,” PM tweeted.

 

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa prayed for the departed soul wishing may Allah grant him the highest ranks.

According to a press release of the ISPR, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and all Services Chief expressed their deep grief over the sad passing away of Dr. AQ Khan eulogizing the tremendous services of the towering scientist who made Pakistan’s defence invincible.

Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan was laid to rest on Sunday afternoon after his funeral prayers were offered at Shah Faisal Mosque in Islamabad.

Saman Siddiqui

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