NA passes resolution to remove first Nobel laureate Dr Abdus Salam’s from QAU Physics department

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s National Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution to rename the Physics department of Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad, which was named after Pakistani physicist Dr Abdus Salam.

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The Abdus Salam Centre for Physics was named in hounour of Dr Abdus Salam, who won Pakistan’s first Nobel Prize in sciences 1979, for his contribution to the electroweak unification theory.

A resolution presented by lawmaker, Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar sought to rename the department after Pakistani scientist Abu al Fatah Abdul Rahman Al-Khazini, contending he was the “biggest name for Muslims in Physics.”

In 2016, then prime minister Nawaz Sharif had approved renaming of the National Centre for Physics after Dr Abdus Salam.

Safdar, who is also Sharif’s son-in-law, is known for his bigotry stance, and has previously gone on record to criticize the decision to rename QAU’s physics centre after Dr Salam.

Helped develop Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, founded SUPARCO, helped Pakistan get its first Atomic Research Reactor, established Pakistan Institute for Nuclear Science & Technology, started Theoratical Physics Group which made the theoratical design of Pakistan’s Nuclear Weapon so you can order a test fire in 1998.

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