Abdul Qadeer Khan, the architect of Pakistan’s nuclear program, has died at the age of 85, state broadcaster BTV reported on Sunday.
Sources released by local websites said the nuclear scientist had difficulty breathing and was then rushed to hospital, where he died of lung failure.
Born in Bhopal, India in 1936, Khan, nicknamed 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 University. Berlin technique.
Pakistanis regard Khan as a national hero for making his country the world’s leading Islamic nuclear power, while the West holds him responsible for smuggling nuclear technology to his opponents.