Islamabad: At a time when the country is mourning the loss of one of its great son, Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan ridiculed former president Dr. APJ Kalam by terming him an ‘Average’ scientist.
In an interview to BBC, Khan said that “I don’t remember, Kalam had contributed much in the field of science and technology.” “Kalam was a simple person and a mediocre scientist.” He further added.
Khan further said that India’s missile programme was developed entirely based on Russian technology. He accusedBJP of exploiting Kalam as a means to draw Muslim votes by appointing as the president of India on 2002.
Dr. Kalam passed away after suffering a massive cardiac arrest on Monday in Meghalaya’s capital city Shillong.
Abdul Qadeer Khan was one of Pakistan’s top scientists, and was involved in the country’s various scientific programs until his dismissal. In January 2004, Khan was officially summoned for a debriefing on his suspicious activities in other countries after the United States provided evidence to the Pakistan Government, and confessed it a month later.
Some have alleged that these activities were sanctioned by the authorities, though the Pakistan government sharply dismissed the claims. After years of official house arrest, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on 6 February 2009 declared Abdul Qadeer Khan to be a free citizen of Pakistan, allowing him free movement inside the country.