Father of Pakistan’s nuclear program Abdul Qadeer Khan dies at 85

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According to Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Khan will be cremated with state honors at the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad on Sunday.

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In the United States, Khan was known for selling nuclear technology to countries such as North Korea and Iran. In 2004, at the request of the US, Pakistani authorities placed Khan under house arrest.

Khan was released in 2009But their movements in and out of the country were still severely curtailed by the country’s security agencies.
US State Department said that year that Khan had “run an extensive international network for the proliferation of nuclear equipment and provided ‘one stop shopping’ for countries wishing to develop nuclear weapons.”

According to the State Department, the network’s actions have “irreversibly changed the proliferation landscape and had lasting implications for international security.”

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By Sunday afternoon, tributes had started pouring in for Khan. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted, “Deeply saddened by the passing of Dr AQ Khan.”

Khan said, “He was loved by our country (because) for his significant contribution in making us a nuclear weapon state. It has given us security against an aggressive and big nuclear neighbour. For the people of Pakistan, he is the one.” were national symbols,” Khan said.

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Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said in a statement that Khan’s “services to the nation and his contribution to strengthening Pakistan’s defense will always be remembered.”

According to Islamic tradition, a state funeral will take place on Sunday, which requires burial within 24 hours of a person’s death.

The funeral is open to the public, and Imran Khan has instructed all cabinet ministers to attend the funeral, Interior Minister Ahmed said. Senior military officers will also attend, he said.

Ahmed also said that AQ Khan’s family is also now deciding whether to take the government on the proposal to bury Khan in the Faisal Masjid. If the family agrees, Khan will be only the second person in the history of Pakistan to be buried there. The first and only other person to be buried at the Faisal Mosque is former Pakistani President and military leader General Zia-ul-Haq.

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