76th birthday of Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan today

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Islamabad: Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, the founder of Pakistan’s Atomic Bomb is celebrating his 76th birthday.

Dr A.Q Khan, known as Mohsin-e-Pakistan (Savior of Pakistan), is a Pakistani nuclear scientist and a metallurgical engineer, colloquially regarded as the founder of HEU based Gas-centrifuge uranium enrichment programme for country’s integrated atomic bomb project.

Founded and established the Kahuta Research Laboratories (KRL) in 1976, he was both its senior scientist and the Director-General until his retirement in 2001, and was an early and vital figure in other science projects. Apart from participating in atomic bomb project, he made major contributions in morphology, physical martensite, and its integrated applications in condensed and material physics.

Abdul Qadeer Khan was one of Pakistan’s top scientists, and was involved in the country’s various scientific programmes until his debriefing.

On January 2004, Khan was officially summoned for a debriefing on his suspicious activities in other countries after the United States provided evidences to the Pakistan Government, and confessed it a month later. However, these activities turned out to be ordered and supervised by government and allegedly the military, although both have denied the accusations sharply. After years of debriefing, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on 6 February 2009 declared Abdul Qadeer Khan to be a free citisen of Pakistan, allowing him free movement inside the country.

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