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Pakistan: Father of Islamic nuclear bomb Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan dies at 85

Oct 10, 2021, 2:18 PM IST

Father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb, Abdul Qadeer Khan passed away at 85 state-run broadcaster PTV reported on Sunday. He was undergoing treatment for lung related problems, PTV reported.

Condolences have been pouring in as Pakistani Ministers took to Twitter to showered praises on the Pakistani atomic scientist.

Dr AQ Khan is considered the father of Pakistan's nuclear programme and is revered at home as a hero for building the Muslim world's first atomic bomb. He is widely regarded as the "Father of Islamic Nuclear Bomb" or founder of gas-centrifuge enrichment technology for Pakistan’s nuclear deterrent program as he developed the Muslim world's first atomic bomb.

Born on April 1, 1936, in Bhopal, India Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan was a renowned Pakistani metallurgist and nuclear scientist. He was among those who migrated to Pakistan in 1947 with their families.

Dr Khan was the first Pakistani to be awarded three presidential medals. He has been awarded the Nishan-e-Imtiaz (Order of Excellence) twice and the Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Crescent of Excellence) once, Geo TV reported. 

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