Dr Abdul Qadeer’s parting letter asked if PM Khan was waiting for his demise

In September, ‘father of Pakistan’s atomic bomb’ was unhappy PM did not ask about his health

Nuclear physicist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan in a letter to Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Murad Ali Shah said it felt that Prime Minister Imran Khan and others in the government were waiting for the ‘good news of his demise’.

In a letter dated October 4, six days before he passed away in Rawalpindi, Dr Khan thanked Shah for inquiring about his health and sending him flowers. In the paragraph that followed, the father of Pakistan’s atomic bomb said it seemed like the PM and ‘the CM of Punjab, Balochistan, KPK’ were waiting for him to die. He added that he was grateful to Shah, who was the CM of his province and city, for remembering him and sent him his best regards.

This wasn’t the first time Dr Khan expressed his displeasure at the government. In September, Dr Khan spoke to a local media outlet and expressed his disappointment that no government official, including the PM himself, had inquired about his flailing health.

Dr Khan was diagnosed with Covid-19 in August and his health decline consistently till his demise. He passed away from lung failure and was given a state funeral at Faisal Mosque on Sunday.