The team I handpicked and worked with to make Pakistan a nuclear power was perhaps the most capable group of scientists that have ever been brought together, says nuclear physicist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, the founder of the uranium enrichment programme for Pakistan’s atomic bomb project.
“Neither in Pakistan’s past nor future will there ever be such a group formed,” Dr Khan told SAMAA TV anchorperson Nadeem Malik on Thursday when the country marked the 22nd Youm-e-Takbeer to celebrate successful the nuclear tests conducted on May 28, 1998.
As a result of those tests in Balochistan, Pakistan became the first nuclear power in the Muslim world and seventh in the world.
Dr Khan recalled the days he spent formulating and testing theories for the nuclear experiment.
“The fact that a country that struggles to make a quality cycle or bicycle made a nuclear bomb within six to seven years shows that the people who worked on the project were brilliant,” Dr Khan said.
When the anchor asked if he would write a book to tell people about everything that happened in the 1990s while working on the atomic bomb project, the nuclear physicist denied it and laughed off the question.
He responded that many people would be in trouble if he picks up his pen. “I’m not allowed to write one since I have many secrets… secrets that could be troublesome for many people.”
The physicist also regretted the landa bazaar system, which he think is a barrier between quality education and engineering students. He said he tried to get in touch with students to help them learn a thing or two about their field.
During the quarantine, he’s also helping them by writing review articles. We were schooled with the best education but poor students here don’t get that, he said.
He said he’s passing his time in isolation by feeding cats and monkeys that turn up at his home and reading articles related to technology and physics.