The national hero, the nuclear scientist, the father of the nuclear bomb who made Pakistan the world’s 7th atomic power, Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan passed away in Islamabad on Sunday morning at the age of 85. According to the media, he was admitted to a local hospital where his health got worse early morning and died of lung problems.
The government decided to give him a state funeral and buried him in the H-8 graveyard. A large number of the crowd attended his funeral including family members, cabinet members, parliamentarians, and military officers.
Sheikh Rashid while addressing the media said two graves were prepared; one at Faisal Mosque and another at the H-8 graveyard. He later said his family decided that as per his will he would be buried at the H-8 graveyard.
“The whole nation is grieving,” the minister said, adding that the flag would be flown at half-mast.
Prime Minister, Imran Khan conveyed his condolences via tweet and said that he was loved by the nation because of his contribution to making Pakistan a nuclear weapon state.
“This has provided us security against an aggressive much larger nuclear neighbor. For the people of Pakistan he was a national icon,” he said, adding that he would be buried in Faisal Mosque “as per his wishes”.
President Dr. Arif Alvi said “He helped us develop nation-saving nuclear deterrence, and a grateful nation will never forget his services in this regard,” he said.
Today, Pakistan lost a real hero, who contributed selflessly to the defense and security of Pakistan. The whole nation is deeply grieved over his demise. Pakistan will forever honor his services. But the question of the hour is why we don’t value our heroes in their lives, giving them state funeral is easy just to catch eyes but why do we treat them like stones when they are alive. Why the Prime Minister didn’t take any steps for his pension? Don’t we know the pensions of the presidents? His pension was just Rs 4,467/- per month. Did he worth just Rs 4,467 after such an incredible contribution to Pakistan? Think about it!
Source: Dawn News