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Abdul Qadeer Khan: 'Father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb' dies
|Last Edited||IndyGeorgia Oct 10, 2021 04:18pm|
|News Date||Sunday, October 10, 2021 01:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||The man regarded as the "father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb", Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, has died aged 85 after being hospitalised with Covid-19. |
Dr Khan was hailed as a national hero for transforming his country into the world's first Islamic nuclear power.
But he was also notorious for having smuggled nuclear secrets to states including North Korea and Iran.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan had lost a "national icon".
"He was loved by our nation bec[ause] of his critical contribution in making us a nuclear weapon state," the prime minister tweeted.
Known as AQ Khan, the scientist was instrumental in setting up Pakistan's first nuclear enrichment plant at Kahuta near Islamabad. By 1998, the country had conducted its first nuclear tests.
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