Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan laid to rest after state funeral

by Asif Ali
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Thousands gather at the Faisal Mosque as rain pours down

Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program, passed away early Sunday morning. He was given a state funeral at the Faisal Mosque and laid to rest at Islamabad’s H-8 graveyard.

Thousands of people attended the funeral prayers as rain poured down in the federal capital.

The nuclear scientist, 85, was rushed to a private hospital in Islamabad after his health deteriorated.

Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said that the doctors did everything to save the nuclear scientist’s life but couldn’t do so.

The scientist passed away after his lungs collapsed, according to doctors.

“When he was admitted at the military hospital a few days back, Dr. Khan expressed his desire to be laid to rest at the Faisal Mosque,” the interior minister told SAMAA TV.

However, Dr Khan was laid to rest in the H-8 graveyard, about 11km from the Faisal Mosque.

A statement issued by the interior minister said that a grave had been prepared in the premises of Faisal Mosque but later it was decided to bury him in the H-8 cemetery at the request of Dr Abdul Qadeer’s family, according to BBC Urdu.

Dr Khan also wanted the vice-chancellor of the International Islamic University to lead the funeral prayers, the interior minister said.

“We are finalising arrangements for that,” he told SAMAA TV on Sunday morning.

Later, Professor Dr Ahmed Al Ghazali led the funeral prayers.

Dr Khan’s funeral prayers were held at the Faisal Mosque at 3:30pm.

Earlier, on August 27, the nuclear scientist was moved to the KRL Hospital after he contracted Covid-19.

Last month, according to a report by DAWN, the scientist complained that neither Prime Minister Imran Khan, nor his cabinet members inquired after his health.

Dr Khan was lauded for bringing the nation up to par with arch-rival India in the atomic field and making its defenses “impregnable”.


State funeral

At 3:30 pm, the scientist’s body reached the Faisal Mosque for the funeral prayers. A huge number of people gathered outside the mosque to offer their condolences.

Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan was given a guard of honour before the funeral prayers commenced.

About 5pm, his body was brought to the H-8 graveyard where he was laid to rest.

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