Pakistani nuclear program engineer dies at 85

Abdul Qadeer Khan, the architect of Pakistan’s nuclear program, has died at the age of 85, state broadcaster BTV reported Sunday.

Sources circulated from sites web locals say the nuclear scientist had difficulty breathing, and was subsequently brought in in hospital, where he died of lung failure.

Born in Bhopal, in India, in 1936, Khan, called the “father of the Pakistani nuclear bomb”, graduated from the Faculty of Science – University of Karachi in 1960, and also traveled to complete his studies in metallurgy at the Technical University of Berlin.

Pakistanis see Khan as a national hero for making his country the world’s first Islamic nuclear power, while the West holds him responsible for smuggling nuclear technology to his opponents.

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