Pakistan shuns physicist linked to 'God particle'

Published Jul 09, 2012 06:38am

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In this picture taken on Oct 15, 1979, the first Pakistani Nobel Prize laureate Professor Abdus Salam, pictured in London, England after he heard the news that he was joint winner of the 1979 Nobel Prize for Physics. - File Photo by AP

ISLAMABAD: The pioneering work of Abdus Salam, Pakistan's only Nobel laureate, helped lead to the apparent discovery of the subatomic "God particle" last week. But the late physicist is no hero at home, where his name has been stricken from school textbooks.

Praise within Pakistan for Salam, who also guided the early stages of the country's nuclear program, faded decades ago as Muslim fundamentalists gained power. He belonged to the Ahmadi religious community, which has been persecuted by the government and targeted by militants who view its members as heretics.

Their plight — along with that of Pakistan's other religious minorities, such as Shia Muslims, Christians and Hindus — has deepened in recent years as hardline interpretations of Islam have gained ground and militants have stepped up attacks against groups they oppose.

Salam, a child prodigy born in 1926 in what was to become Pakistan after the partition of British-controlled India, won more than a dozen international prizes and honors. In 1979, he was co-winner of the Nobel Prize for his work on the so-called Standard Model of particle physics, which theorizes how fundamental forces govern the overall dynamics of the universe. He died in 1996.

Salam and Steven Weinberg, with whom he shared the Nobel Prize, independently predicted the existence of a subatomic particle now called the Higgs boson, named after a British physicist who theorised that it endowed other particles with mass, said Pervez Hoodbhoy, a Pakistani physicist who once worked with Salam. It is also known as the "God particle" because its existence is vitally important toward understanding the early evolution of the universe.

Physicists in Switzerland stoked worldwide excitement Wednesday when they announced they have all but proven the particle's existence. This was done using the world's largest atom smasher at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, or CERN, near Geneva.

"This would be a great vindication of Salam's work and the Standard Model as a whole," said Khurshid Hasanain, chairman of the physics department at Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad.

In the 1960s and early 1970s, Salam wielded significant influence in Pakistan as the chief scientific adviser to the president, helping to set up the country's space agency and institute for nuclear science and technology. Salam also assisted in the early stages of Pakistan's effort to build a nuclear bomb, which it eventually tested in 1998.

Salam's life, along with the fate of the three million other Ahmadis in Pakistan, drastically changed in 1974 when parliament amended the constitution to declare that members of the community were not considered Muslims under Pakistani law.

Salam resigned from his government post in protest following the 1974 constitutional amendment and eventually moved to Europe to pursue his work. In Italy, he created a center for theoretical physics to help physicists from the developing world.

Although Pakistan's then-president, Gen. Zia ul-Haq, presented Salam with Pakistan's highest civilian honour after he won the Nobel Prize, the general response in the country was muted. The physicist was celebrated more enthusiastically by other nations, including India.

Despite his achievements, Salam's name appears in few textbooks and is rarely mentioned by Pakistani leaders or the media. By contrast, fellow Pakistani physicist A.Q. Khan, who played a key role in developing the country's nuclear bomb and later confessed to spreading nuclear technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya, is considered a national hero.

Officials at Quaid-i-Azam University had to cancel plans for Salam to lecture about his Nobel-winning theory when Islamist student activists threatened to break the physicist's legs, said his colleague Hoodbhoy.

"The way he has been treated is such a tragedy," said Hoodbhoy. "He went from someone who was revered in Pakistan, a national celebrity, to someone who could not set foot in Pakistan. If he came, he would be insulted and could be hurt or even killed."

The president who honoured Salam would later go on to intensify persecution of Ahmadis, for whom life in Pakistan has grown even more precarious.

"Many Ahmadis have received letters from fundamentalists since the 2010 attacks threatening to target them again, and the government isn't doing anything," said Qamar Suleiman, a spokesman for the Ahmadi community.

For Salam, not even death saved him from being targeted.

Hoodbhoy said his body was returned to Pakistan in 1996 after he died in Oxford, England, and was buried under a gravestone that read "First Muslim Nobel Laureate." A local magistrate ordered that the word "Muslim" be erased.


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ROHIT PANDEY
Jul 09, 2012 03:19pm
I do hope that educated class does find courage to talk about the ills of religious fundamentalism.
Prashant
Jul 09, 2012 07:05pm
Unbelievable to know that a country can hate and disrespect its heroes as much as Pakistan did to Mr Salam. Only Pakistan could have done that.
ravina
Jul 10, 2012 10:25pm
Asma you are in minority like Dr. Salaam was.
Vijay K
Jul 09, 2012 03:29pm
It is so typical of the Western press to gloss over the achievements of the Asian scientists. While the world has gone hoarse shouting Higgs' name, very few know where the word Boson comes from (Hint : he is one of us). For those interested, please read http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18708741
Pramod
Jul 09, 2012 12:21pm
He was an Indian scientist for your information. Though he was born in a place which is now in Pakistan. but he was never a citizen of Pakistan .He was a dual citizen of US and India. Many programs are run by Indian govt with his name and honor.
Ahmed Sultan
Jul 09, 2012 11:39am
ISI and Pak Army with the help of US of A gave birth to Taliban.
Shah, USA
Jul 10, 2012 10:04pm
I am from Pakistan. I see the sub-continent as one community. I have extreme respect for Mr Bose. Just look in Widipedia and you will be stunned by his achievements , the respect that Einstein showered over him and their joint contributions to Physics. What saddened me the most that western media totally ignored him and did not mention even his name. Most of the people do not know what Boson stands for in the "Higgs Boson".
G.a
Jul 09, 2012 11:43am
Despite the ill treatment he received he still loved Pakistan and started its nuclear program.
Hibat
Jul 10, 2012 11:27am
That is why India is a great country as it is, and the unfortunate Pakistan is humiliated everyday all over the world. The poor innocent Pakistanis get blown apart by these extremists everyday. It was not as big a tragedy for Salam as big it is for Pakistan, and its ongoing.
ADEEL
Jul 09, 2012 03:42pm
IN Pakistan every community is free to follow itsa religion
Spud
Jul 11, 2012 12:12am
Pakistan is for all Pakistanis? Says who? Ask Ahmadis, Christians and Hindus if this is really so. You have a llong long way to go for what you to happen.
Ali Abbas
Jul 12, 2012 01:33am
Faith is a personal declaration of faith by an individual or a group. No one should be allowed to declare of group "muslim or non-Muslim" . Leave that decision up to God if you believe in his power and belive in his power to judge, you do not have to beleive what ahmedi's belief system is but you must respect their right to choose what and how they believe. Even if I accept your argument and "ahemdi's started it" I do not recall if they ever tried to force their belief system on any one else. I am ashamed of what a majority religious group is doing to minority group. Simply appauling. As for Dr Salam, he might not be getting the official recognition from Pakistani govt but I have never seen a single Pakistani who fails to admit his brilliance or appreciate the pride and honor he brought to Pakistan.
khalid
Jul 09, 2012 04:13pm
The spirit of Pakistani nationalism demands us to salute and honour our scientific heroes. Some of them have worked more with International community and some choose to work in homeland. In my view, the list should go like this. Dr. Abdus Salam (Physicist) Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan (Metallurgist) Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman (Organic Chemist) Dr. Samar Mubarik Mand (Nuclear Physicist) Dr. Pervaiz Hoodhbai (Nuclear Physicist)
NASAH (USA)
Jul 09, 2012 01:21pm
What can I say -- "qadr-e gauhar shah daanud ya bu daanud jowhary" -- unfortunately Pakistan is none of the two. Luckily for India and England -- he was born in India died in England -- he was a transient for an undeserving Pakistan. As Ghalib would say -- "Bazaar se guzra hooN kharidaar nahiN hooN"
allaisa
Jul 11, 2012 11:27pm
Says who? Please leave it Allah.
allaisa
Jul 11, 2012 11:25pm
Who are you to decide? Its is between the person and his GOD, Allah. Others please stay out. Just because I call myself Muslim, you cannot harass me leave alone kill me or destroy my mosques (yes they are mosques) You may go to places of worship but Ahmedis go to Mosques and no one who is true muslim can deny their right.
itumkhaish
Jul 12, 2012 06:19pm
Dr Abdus Salam was recognised only by the intellectuals of the world,only foolish disliked him---- this is my thinking !
Dr Mazhar
Jul 09, 2012 01:10pm
I always emphasize on telling people about Dr Salam's work on Physics rather than indulging them in religious debate, It is untrue that Dr Salam is not celebrated hero in Pakistan, If 5% of fundamentalists do not credit him that does not mean whole country is involved. Unfortunately, Rulers in Muslim world give less respect to a Scientist/scholar irrespective of his/her religion.
Naim ur Rehman
Jul 11, 2012 03:13am
We need to have many more like Dr Salam. I salute you sir
Arif Humayun
Jul 09, 2012 12:24pm
Noted Indian author Jagjit Singh published Abdus Salam’s biography in 1992. This is a must read especially for Pakistanis to better understand great man’s contributions to the economic and scientific development in Pakistan. Although he laid the foundation for Pakistan’s scientific and economic development this first Muslim Nobel laureate was shunned by his country due to his religious beliefs. Unfortunately, neither Pakistan nor the Muslim world utilized this genius due to bigotry. According to this biography, Salam’s life in Pakistan can be classified into three broad periods: (1) first four years of his professional life (1954-8) were years of oblivion; (2) the seven year period (1958-65) after Pakistan first “discovered” Salam and benefited from his talents to boost science and technology was termed “innocence and hope”; and (3) the next nine years (1956-74) was termed “frustration and despair”. Salam formulated a massive program for economic growth in Pakistan and accorded the highest priority to the fields of: (1) promoting science and technology, (2) medicine, public health and hygiene, (3) food and agriculture, including food technology, (4) Irrigation, hydrology and soil science, (5) Industry based on indigenous raw materials and self-reliance, and (6) Defense sciences. His efforts led to the establishment of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (PINSTECH), Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Committee (SUPARCO) of which he was the Chairman and Wheat Rice Research Institutes, etc. He tackled the problem of water logging and salinity and brought a team of US scientists, hydrologists and engineers to Pakistan. Although he formed the PAEC and was its Chairman, he disagreed with Bhutto’s policy of developing nuclear weapons and resigned from PAEC in 1974. In 1973, Abdus Salam proposed a comprehensive plan establish a well-endowed Islamic Science Foundation to develop scientists and scientific institutions. He proposed that the Muslim countries contribute a small fraction of their GDP to fund this proposed Science Foundation but his proposal was rejected. His appeal to OPEC resulted in a $10,000 grant. In 1981, he promoted his idea to Kuwait but the patronage he sought from Arab and Muslim governments did not materialize. OPEC offered him a petty grant of $10,000. Prof. Salam’s genius was unrivaled; he loved to serve his country and did so when the opportunity arose. He was too great to be ignored by Pakistan. It was a privilege for Pakistan to utilize his talents; Pakistan did him no favors by seeking his assistance. Please let us not re-write history and distort facts by removing him accomplishments from textbooks and not acknowledging his as a Muslim hero.
Khalid
Jul 09, 2012 03:23pm
Should all Pakistanis be muslims and all muslims should be Pakistanis? Let,s shun narrow thinking. Dr. AbdusSalam Zinda Bad- Pakistan PAINDA BAD
rave
Jul 10, 2012 10:31pm
you are daring independent media
aaa
Jul 09, 2012 07:16pm
For God's sake start being rational. This is the first time in my life im hearing anything negative about abdus salam. It seems nowadays everyone is just after an opportunity to tell other how bad pakistan is. Even if it is the worst country in everyway . If not in the name of anythingelse in the name of truth stop distorting truth. Dr. Abdus Salam has always been and will be hero of Pakistan and noone but pakistanis know this better.
Akbar
Jul 11, 2012 12:29am
You deserve the reply by Mayank below..thats the best answer Mr.Adeel
Arif Humayun
Jul 10, 2012 11:44am
Thank you for the kind words, Virendra. You are absolutely correct that the thinking in Pakistan has been severely convoluted due to the confusion regarding the country’s identity. An excellent account of this confusion is presented in the report of the investigative commission headed by Justices Munir and Kayani published by the Government in 1954; Justice Munir was the Pakistan’s then Chief Justice and Justice Kayani was a judge of the Federal Court (now the Supreme Court). The entire report is available at: http://www.circleofpeaceonline.org/?p=119 This report identifies and refutes the ideologies of political Islam currently propagated by the likes of Hafiz Saeed, Taliban and al-Qaida. The silent majority your refer to has largely evaporated due to the intellectual confusion. My book Connivance by Silence (www.ConnivancebySilence.com) discusses how the continued silence by Muslims has empowered the radicals to become the self-appointed custodians of Islam. Prof. Salam was above this fray. I also agree with some of the other comments that Salam was a citizen of the sub-continent and rightfully honored by India after he received the Noble Prize.
Qaiser Aziz
Jul 14, 2012 11:29am
who says this that every community is free to follow its religion?????????? this is wrong , specially ahmadi community has no right to act freely.......Abdus salam was a great scientist one day whole nation will acceept his efforts towards pakistan and humanity inshallah
pankajdehlavi
Jul 09, 2012 10:00am
This man born in undivided India in 1926 in a Ahmadi family. Naturally, he should be awarded posthumous Indian citizenship and his remains should be returned to India and buried with 21 gun salute. His efforts and contributions will motivate next generation scientists of India.
yoga
Jul 09, 2012 12:52pm
wow gr8
Umer
Jul 09, 2012 12:23pm
Although I have a clear ideological difference with Ahmedis School of thought but I do realize that using force should never have been option. It is a mistake indeed. Differences should be sorted out by dialogue in case of failure we should agree to disagree. Specially heros like Dr. Salam, should be celebrated not disgraced.
ali
Jul 09, 2012 10:40am
Gobind Khorana was the first Pakistani nobel laureate.
yoga
Jul 09, 2012 11:58am
bad real bad it is shocking
mohammad arif
Jul 09, 2012 02:56pm
We should take pride in the achievements of our citizens,irrespective of their cast,creed or religion. Unless we change our way of thinking, we will never progress.
NaPakistan
Jul 09, 2012 11:17am
Very sad indeed. My wish is that the sane Pakistanis unite and take a stand against this menace. Unfortunately, their count continues to decrease as they are either labelled non-Muslims and driven out or are killed. Pakistan needs to realize that life is about living, not death/killing.
Asif
Jul 09, 2012 02:47pm
I expected more from DAWN than just publishing an AP story which is clearly not fully baked. There is no doubt Pakistan has a myriad of problems including intolerance, but to apply that to every thing under the Sun is based on either ignorance or malice. What does it even mean that Abdus Salam is shunned in Pakistan. If I and my circle of friends (Pakistanis/Pakistani origin) do not shun Abdus Salam, why does not count as a factor ? For those who are ignorant (I can't affect those who have malice)..note.. http://lums.edu.pk/story-detail/lums-launches-fun... LUMS is creating a Chair to honor Dr. Abdus Salam http://www.gcu.edu.pk/ASSMS.htm http://www.ams.org/notices/201107/rtx110700938p.p... The Govt. Of Punjab (Pakistan) created the Abdus Salam Institute of Mathematics to support higher mathematics education in Pakistan. Pray tell me how this is tantamount to "Pakistan shuns Abdus Salam" though we could more to honor him.
khan
Jul 09, 2012 12:31pm
Whats wrong with "He was not a muslim"? Just because he choose his name to be Abdusalam, doesn't make him one.
DRJMA
Jul 09, 2012 11:26am
Gobind Khorana left Indo-Pak back in 1946 before the creation of pakistan, although was born in area (raipur) which is now part of Pakistan. he studied at University fo the Punjab and done his M, Sc in 1945, afterwards left for liverpool and remained in other parts of the world (a naturalized USA citizen in 1966), and received nobel prize in 1968 as an American Citizen. We may be can say that an Indian-subcontinent born person GK received a nobel price but not a pakistani. Dr Abdul Salam was and still the only Pakistani , having this honor.
Mayank R
Jul 09, 2012 10:05am
Indian government should consider giving MA Jinnah, India's highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna for creating Pakistan. By creating Pakistan he ensured that all the fundamentalists cross over to Pakistan thereby doing India a great service.
Raju
Jul 09, 2012 03:23pm
Dr Abdus Salam should be awarded honourary Indian citizenship posthumously. In India we had 3 Muslim Presidents till date. Our Hindi film industry has several superstar Khans who are Muslim. Our national cricket team has Muslim players. Even previously the team captain Mohammed Azharuddin was Muslim. Our Prime Minister is Sikh. The leader of India's largest party, Sonia Gandhi is a Christian of Italian origin. Is this even imaginable for minorities in Pakistan?
Hasnain
Jul 09, 2012 03:37pm
Untrue. We Pakistanis aren't trying to disassociate ourselves from Professor Abdus Salam. It's the western media that's trying to disassociate the Professor from us. I'm Pakistani and I remember how much my father used to praise him. In fact, my brother took up physics in part due to the respect he has for him. I can't see how a few people can speak for a whole nation.
Salman
Jul 09, 2012 11:45am
But, there is a huge a number of HINDU Fundamentalists still in India. What to do about them?
Zafar
Jul 09, 2012 02:01pm
And the person who is responsible to make THE which caused Abdusalam to leave Pakistan, is recognised as a "hero" in Pakistan - Zulfiqar Ali bhutto.
Naeem Bajwa
Jul 09, 2012 11:05am
Remember these words... Zulm mittay ga dharti say yaan dharti khud mitt jaaye gee Translation - Either cruelty will be eradicated from the land or the land will be eradicated (ofcourse by God Allmighty)
Daniel
Jul 09, 2012 11:05am
Pakistan dishonours its minority scientist wheras India makes its minority scientist APJ Abdul Kalam its president. What a difference!!
Qasim
Jul 09, 2012 11:11am
A scientific discovery or invention is universal truth which can not be restricted or viewed in terms of race, religion, colour, place or community. The same way the genius or the person of late Abdussalam can not be belittled by any one on grounds of being Ahmedi, Pakistani, coloured, asian or on any other account. He contributed to discovery of universal truth and that reality will ever live.
Salem
Jul 09, 2012 03:59pm
Oh yes, that's great... especially when his gravestone was dishonored...
MKB
Jul 09, 2012 11:17am
This sub-atomic particle or God's Particle was first imagined by Prof. Saytendranath Bose, a Bengali Physist in 1930s. Prof. Piter Higgs confirmed it in 1960s. That is why the name- Higgs-Boson
Jeff
Jul 09, 2012 11:18am
I believe Professor Abdus Salam was awarded Nobel prize for predicting w and z particles and their masses. Higgs bosons are also subatomic particles but predicted by Prof. Higgs. I heard Prof. Abdus Salam interviewed on Kuwaiti TV, and I recall he had mentioned of past glories of Islamic Sciences, and his regret that inspite of enormous oil wealth of the Gulf countries, little was being done to further educating scientists.
asma tanoli
Jul 09, 2012 02:56pm
Others feel proud to claim distinguished persons who contributed to their society. Our heroes are Qadri and Qadeer Khan. This is what is Pakistan about. Very unfortunate.
Salman
Jul 09, 2012 11:49am
Such differences are hard for you to understand Daniel.
(Dr.) B.N. Anand
Jul 09, 2012 12:02pm
Sir, with due respects, I would say Professor Hargobind Khorana was born in undivided India. Though he did his post graduation from Punjab University, Lahore, he migrated to India after independence. He is now an American citizen. At best, he can be called India-American, but not at at all a Pakistan citizen. The same way our PM and even me were born in undivided India, but MMS can not be called a PM of Pakistan nor my international academic achievements be that of Pakistan. BNA
ROHIT PANDEY
Jul 09, 2012 03:16pm
Abdus Salam was honored in India at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Sciences,India's premier research institution. His former colleagues from Punjab University prevailed on the Government of India to issue him a visa and honor him.
Razzaq
Jul 09, 2012 06:08pm
There is no point in saying SHAME because the meaning of this word has been changed in Pakistan.
PK
Jul 10, 2012 10:05am
Why religion should be given such importance . It is afterall man made . Was your name & religion written on your head at the time of your birth ?
mehr
Jul 09, 2012 05:32pm
I didn't even know that he was an ahmedi until now! Pakistanis do respect and honour him.This article doesnt apply for everything under the sun! Disturbing!
Devendra
Jul 10, 2012 08:48pm
Some dreams come true but not this one, unfortunately, Raju.
PK
Jul 10, 2012 10:27am
Had he been living in Pakistan he would have faced the same fate as Abdusalam.
ROHIT PANDEY
Jul 09, 2012 05:27pm
Very interesting indeed. Our ex President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam, was on to something similar,drafting plans for India...his book Vision 2020 makes interesting reading. And,Indians WANT HIM BACK FOR ANOTHER TERM!
K.K. BADRUDDIN
Jul 10, 2012 10:33am
Both the subjects are interlinked. Dr. Salam unified the weak and strong forces binding the sub atomic particles including Higgs boson.
T Ahmed
Jul 09, 2012 05:14pm
Allah has answered your question in the Quran where it calls upon mankind to mind their own business and that it is for God, not man, to be the judge on religious matters. The fact that you have to ask this question indicates just how grossly the version of Islam in Pakistan violates the fundamental spirit of Islam. No wonder Pakistan is in such a mess - we have chosen to permit the most retrograde individuals among us to define Islam for us, rather than using our own eyes when we read the Quran and our own God given common sense when we try to understand the basic message of Islam!!
omar
Jul 10, 2012 10:44am
I dont understand why people keep bringing this Ahmadi issue all the time and use it as a card against Pakistan's constitution. People need to do a lot of home work before they can eventually write on such sensitive topics. The fact is that it is Ahmadis who have considered other Muslims has non-muslims for years and it is part of their belief system that whoever doesn't belief in Mirza Ahmed is a non believer. Secondly, no one can take away the credit from Dr Salam and the great work he did which has influenced modern physicists. We as Pakistanis are proud to have a scientist like him but would the writer also like to write on Dr Qadeer Khan who played a reverse role, abondoned Europe and came back to Pakistan to help his then suffering poor nation. What is Qadeer Khan punished for? He's neither Ahmadi nor Shia nor does he belong to any other minority group! Who else could have been treated more badly than Dr Khan in this country?
Zafar Malik
Jul 09, 2012 04:51pm
Salam's name will live for ever and shine for ever, but ignorant people will soon become a thing of the past. When the sun of wisdom and knowledge will shine on this land, darkness of ignorance will disappear.
Tariq
Jul 09, 2012 02:09pm
Pakistan is for ALL Pakistanis' regardless of ethnicity and it's a crying shame to denounce a hero like Dr Salam.
Shakil
Jul 09, 2012 02:12pm
"Salam tujey Salam" - Oh respected Abdus Salam we salute you. The more Pakistanis are trying to shun you the more you are getting prominent. We are waiting for the day when another of your theory about proton decay would come true and your name would get alive again. Prof. Salam had not accepted the English nationality for which he was offered the title "Sir", in love of his motherland. Great Scientist, with huge love and loyality for Pakistan.
Naveed
Jul 09, 2012 02:05pm
Professor Abdus Salam is revered in Pakistan among the educated class.
Tamilselvan
Jul 09, 2012 12:07pm
Wow, please read history one more time.He is a US citizen who migrated from India in the 60's
sajid11_khan
Jul 09, 2012 03:58pm
Prof. Abdus Salam correctly pointed out the decline of Islamic civilization due to lack of emphasis on science and technology. He said this in relation to the demise of Ottoman Empire. while Europe was inventing new technologies that would eventually make them strong militarily and industrially, religious leaders in Turkey were declaring them haram and advising the rulers to ban them. A good example was the innovation of printing technology in Germany which was banned for muslims but allowed for the Jews. The sad situation of muslims today has a cause and it is a pity that the the powers that be paid no heed to Dr. Salam's advice. Also, Islam teaches that GOD is the judge and will reward or punish people on the judgment day. Who are we to render the judgment? Are these fundamentalists trying to play God?
Waqas
Jul 09, 2012 03:01pm
Being awarded highest civil award is no dishonor
TRV
Jul 09, 2012 03:05pm
Shows how irrelevant the educated class is in Pakistan!
ali abbas
Jul 09, 2012 04:12pm
Fundamentalism in all religions is a big evil.
(Dr.) B.N. Anand
Jul 09, 2012 10:24am
Sir, Though Professor Abdus Salam was an Ahmedi by religion, nevertheless was at the same time a citizen of Pakistan. If it is like so, which minority community will try to bring glory to their country, that is Pakistan. So some brave and bold soul may change the existing scenario in Pakistan. Indeed, Professor Abdus Salam not only contributed tremendously in the field of particle physics, but also brought on the whole recognition to the physicists of South Asia. BNA
DeepKar
Jul 09, 2012 10:16am
Wish u were an Indian citizen sir!! After reading this article all i can say is "Any Nation that does not honor its heroes will not long endure"..
asim
Jul 10, 2012 04:58pm
well said! Prof Salaam is equally revered and respected as a Pakistani .He was acknowledged for his contribution and honored. Proof is go and ask a any Pakistani school student and they will name Prof Salaam.
Bush
Jul 10, 2012 11:37am
@ Hassaan My thoughts exactly
Salim
Jul 10, 2012 09:59am
This is a very unfortunate nation, rather we are not a nation. Nation means blend of people from different color, faith, language and traditions, who are ready to work together for their common interest.
imran raza
Jul 11, 2012 08:37pm
It's very simple really. First, accept that real power lies with the people. 1 million military/para-military cannot subdue 180 million people if they refuse to accept less than their due. Forget about the army/judiciary/buraucracy/politicians improving things. they are part of the problem. Accept that these are all public servants who are paid to do certain work by the people through taxes. as with any servant, abuse of position should be checked, not pandered to. People must demand their right to good governance. Not treat it as a gift from these public servants. Their right. all it takes to do this is character. We all have it, but don't exercise it because those in positions they could never have dreamt of have been allowed to consolidate, and strong steps to wrest the initiative back where it belongs.
abu-rehan
Jul 11, 2012 08:31pm
pakistanis do respect but not the government.. salam did his job, to leave the country was his choice and the government did his job. but he should not be hated on religion base. he was a hero but many sects assigned muslims by the the constitution hate him because he was ahmadi., this is wrong, he served pakistan and also a a part of nuclear mission. but here we and the government only name DR AQ Khan as hero and even not mention DR. ABDUSSAALM.
laeeq
Jul 11, 2012 07:56pm
Countries are createdon eqality of human beings, not on race, creed , color or religion.Pakistan is doom to fail if it does not change its policy of discrimination which is part of its constitution. In fact Pakistans constitution contradict it self with basic rights it grants to its citizens whis is equal rights for its minoritis with majority.
Laeeq
Jul 11, 2012 07:45pm
Qadeer work was the same as rest of the politicians doing right now. Steling nuclear foot prints from Nederland, and then making millions exporting the nuclear reactors to N. Korea, Libya and Iran. He would have been in Guantamobay his crime but Musharraf saved him from this disgrace. If he was so innocent and brave, he should never apologized on the TV in front of whole nation.
laeeq
Jul 11, 2012 07:36pm
I wish it was so.
B
Jul 11, 2012 10:40am
Neeraj if India is that 'anti-hatred' then why isn't it friends with ANY of its neighbors brother?I,being a Pakistani,do not agree with Sal either.However your reply was not even justified my friend.
Nasiroski
Jul 11, 2012 06:46pm
Please speak for yourself only don't use figure "we".
Mr.T
Jul 11, 2012 06:29pm
AGAR MUSLIM HAI YA NAHI US KO ALLAH PER CHOR DO, BAQI AIK PAKISTANI HONAY PER HE FAKHAR KAR LO, ITS MORE SHAME THOSE WHO SAY HE IS NOT MUSLIM, THOSE WHO ARE MUSLIM AND CRITICIZING HIM, tum un say bahter he kar k dikha do...???
khalid
Jul 13, 2012 06:14pm
It is a must for every Pakistani to respect the scientific heroes, the country has ever produced. All great nations do the same in full spirit. I am counting eminent Pakistani scientists who worked abroad or in Pakistan. We should give some extra weightage to those scientists who worked in Pakistan and continuously challenged the red tapism and hurdles and made their way. The greatest scientist the country has produced should be listed as follows. 1) Dr. Abdus Salam (Physicist) 2) Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan (Metallurgist) 3) Dr. Atta ur Rahman (Organic Chemistry) 4) Dr. Samar Mubarik Mand (Nuclear Physicist) 5) Dr. Pervaiz Hoodhboy (Physicist)
Malik
Jul 11, 2012 10:51am
Salute to Mr. Abdus Salam.
Malik
Jul 11, 2012 10:47am
I dont care about his religion which is no muslim as per conttitution (fully agree) this allow Dr. Salam become minority and i am all for their defence. he deserves all appreciation from all Pakistanis for what he has done....I SAlute Dr. Abdus SAlam..... i will support pakistanis see with hate to minority either they are religious or cast minority they are proud PAKISTANI..........
Talibano
Jul 09, 2012 04:27pm
No they aren't!
ali abbas
Jul 09, 2012 04:28pm
You might be confusing pakistani govt with Pakistani people. I lived in Pakistan when Dr Salaam was awarded the Nobel prize. Pakistanis then and now are still proud of him. I do not think Dr. Salaam is great because of allocades he received from the govts but his passion for physics and love and respect he gets from people all around the world including millions of pakistanis.
Vijay K
Jul 09, 2012 03:35pm
Western press always glosses over the achievements of non-caucasian scientists. Thank you for your information about "Boson" More about this at : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18708741
M.Ali
Jul 09, 2012 01:36pm
We are all humans and humans have done terrible things throughout the history. It is good to know that majority of Pakistanis are now realizing their mistakes. In 1983 (or maybe 84), I was very disappointed by the reactions of my "highly educated" colleagues to the new Zia-ul-Haque laws against Qadianis. They all cheered the new laws and told me that "you don't know how Qadianis are ". At that time I had told them that we are shooting ourselves in the foot by doing this.
Saurabh
Jul 09, 2012 01:38pm
I don't understand why the state should decide whether a person is Muslim or not. If he/she say's I am a muslim, it should be accepted. There shouldn't be any interference by state regarding matters of faith till it harms anybody. Instead the state should protect people and their rights who are being victimized or isolated because of their faith. Those who have mistreated the scientist are people without honour.
Truth hurts
Jul 09, 2012 10:28am
Bharat Ratna can be considered for Indian Ideolaogy of Deobandism from Deoband sherief which gave birth to Talibans, should they be considered the fundamentalists per your say. So the BR stays in India mate!!!
ROHIT PANDEY
Jul 09, 2012 03:10pm
S Chandrasekhar the Indian-American,who won Nobel Prize was born in pre partition Lahore. He studied in Madras India and then went on the win the Nobel Prize for physics in 1984. Hargobind Khurana was another Indian who was born in Pakistan as was Manmohan Singh!
ali abbas
Jul 09, 2012 04:09pm
Which Pakistan do you live in ADEEL?
(Dr.) B.N. Anand
Jul 10, 2012 08:52am
That is indeed very positive and pragmatic approach. I like it. BNA
ali abbas
Jul 09, 2012 04:23pm
Yes you are right that he was born in undivided India and was never a Pakistani. But as a Pakistan I revere and respect all the great personalities from undivided india, current India and current pakistan and old East pakistan. These heroes belong to all of us.
anum tanveer
Jul 09, 2012 04:21pm
true naeem...nice poetry
Khalid
Jul 09, 2012 03:19pm
Its Wierd. Allah (God) told Adam n Eve not to eat the fruit from the tree of Knowledge in the garden of Eden, But they did eat and disobeyed the creator, Thus they were kicked out of paradise for getting "knowledge". confusing : In the 1st revelation of Quran Allah says "Iqra" means Read in the name of your creator who create you from a clot of blood. Read means get knowledge. This is where the muslim world stands. If you get knowledge you will be kicked out eg. Dr. Abdus Salam, Dr. Qadeer. Moral, No State will develop as long as Religion plays the centrifugal part.
salman
Jul 10, 2012 08:59am
Hi Dear, the article is great, my praises to this great scientist but I would like to say that this unfortunate man is owned by neither ordinary pakistanis nor ahmadis although he remained an ahmadi although they use his name to advance their interests. In real they never build any schools or any institution in his name like ordinary pakistnis or pakistani govt. so its very very unfortunate that he is owned by no one, but lives in fair hearts
Syed
Jul 09, 2012 09:09pm
India is secular ... Pakistan is ... well ... confused !!!
Syed
Jul 09, 2012 09:13pm
time to wake up adeel ...
KRACHID
Jul 09, 2012 09:27pm
Dr. Abdus salam was a great Pakistani scientist and a true patriot because of his many contributions to Pakistan; the views of a few mullahs do not refelct the views of the silent majority And I have a message for those decent Indians, who can rejoice in some good news or positive contribution from that country- I salute you as another human being. For those Indians who cannot get over their ingrained prejudices and have to say something nasty all the time, I feel sorry for your shallow thoughts, poor behaviour.
Bush
Jul 09, 2012 09:45pm
Waqas,you cannot justify it brother.it's a shame on us Pakistanis nonetheless.We are humans first,the way this minority has been treated in our country is reprehensible.I feel sorry for us.
jd shami
Jul 09, 2012 09:47pm
Dr. Salam was a great scientist, a great man and a great Pakistani, I admire him and very proud of him. BUT do not tell me that he was a MUSLIM, he was a proud Ahmadi and lets leave it here.
saeed
Jul 09, 2012 09:59pm
can any one name those Students leaders who threat Dr Salam or Any person who openly oppose Dr Salam. Or it s just common people like you and me have hated feeling for Dr Shaib or ahamdis. I like to see the name of those people, so we blame for disgrace act.
allaisa
Jul 09, 2012 10:02pm
Desecration of his tomb is definitely a dishonor.
Sunil
Jul 09, 2012 10:03pm
@Waqas: Not even allowing to enter in Pakistan and vandalizing his graveyard IS !!
allaisa
Jul 09, 2012 10:09pm
Instead of arguing with 'people with malice' why don't you correct the incredible dishonor done to his tomb and put back the word deleted from it? After all who are we to decide who is Muslim or not?
Zain
Jul 09, 2012 10:11pm
Being treated the way he was treated was dishonourable. Did you not read anything else in the article except for him being presented with the highest civilian award?
tara smith
Jul 09, 2012 10:44pm
Forget it. In Pakistan, you have to be very rich or your beard should be the right length and you should mention the Great Name of Allah, His holy Prophet and Islam several times in one sentence. Only then there will be a chance.
Pete
Jul 09, 2012 10:48pm
So why does the government shun him? Are the people of Pakistan so biased to not recognize their own countrymen's achievements?
Pete
Jul 09, 2012 10:50pm
His name is infront of Einstien in Bose–Einstein statistics. Stop being a baby.
Qaiser sultan
Jul 09, 2012 10:55pm
Sorry you cant see this. Even now, whatever the mullahs and Aalim on line say, goes for all Pakistanis since I have never come across a line of protest from the educated elite when they are represented by these so called true muslims. I have known Salam personally and would put him above the best muslim in current Pakistan.
Ghayyur Khan
Jul 09, 2012 11:06pm
Did you enter his heart to see if he was truly a muslim or not? Even our Holy Prophet did not claim to know the inner faith and accepted whatever the person claimed as his faith.
hassan javed
Jul 09, 2012 11:13pm
its surprising to read this. coz ever since i came to know of him . my family and everyone around me just adored him for his services to the country. i never knew that. its surprising coz no one around me is a fundamentalist. why is my country being labelled one when the majority is not like that. we have always had utmost respect for him. my family always told me he was a great man. and im not ahmadi. same goes for other minorities. always thought of them as Pakistani.
hassan javed
Jul 09, 2012 11:17pm
exactly!! not once did i or anyone around me or on TV dis-respect him in pakistan. but this is article is somehow an exagerration i think. we do think of christians and other minorities as pakistanis. infact we are even more sweet with them excluding a small minority who are too illiterate to understand this. not once did my family tell me that he was bad. i was told he was a great person since forever
jeet
Jul 09, 2012 11:35pm
Great .. Its time for a detailed review . The truth will come out
Indusonian
Jul 09, 2012 11:41pm
Dear Manynak R, Fundamentalism did not start with the existence of Pakistan nor it was the basis of her creation and it is a totally different topic to discuss. All societies have their share of lunatics and beautiful Pakistan is no exception.
G Singh
Jul 09, 2012 11:48pm
Folks Celebrate Dr Salam's, Dr Hargobind Khurana, Dr Chandra ( because was born in Lahore) accomplishments more importantly Dr Salam worked on fellow sub continental S N Bose premise ( Einstein - Bose ) Boson and it was while he was teaching in Dacca . Pakistan can figure out whats good or bad for them and hopefully the silent majority shall one day prevail and set the record straight. For now South Eastern Asia is loosing the race in applied sciences to China etc. I have worked with some brilliant physics folks in Semi conductor from India and Pakistan never had any issues. Bottom line discuss science leave the remaining things out. Honestly Panjab Univ did reach its lofty educational achievements of pre-partition days on our side India. Yes Dr Salam did visit my home town of Qadian ( India) was feted there and it was inspiration to all school going kids to strive hard. Peace G Singh
saj
Jul 09, 2012 11:52pm
having your gravestone desacrated is a dishonour
saj
Jul 09, 2012 11:58pm
According to scientists the world has existed for millions of years we had never seen or heard of the higgs boson particle or have any use for it . why are we debating this why are scientists wasting thier time and our money would we not be better off debating more practical things like is donkey meat halal ?
saj
Jul 10, 2012 12:01am
absoloutley if khan says he is not a muslim he is not a muslim simples. . .
saj
Jul 10, 2012 12:05am
of course its imaginable . . . in a comedy sketch
Agha Ata
Jul 10, 2012 12:46pm
Shia people call themselves Muslims, too. Some people don't accept them as Muslims. And there are many great Shia- hero- leaders Pakistan is indebt to. What is the difference between Shias and Ahmadies then?
Nur Khan
Jul 10, 2012 12:45pm
i think you are sleeping Adeel Wake up and see around
Aziz
Jul 10, 2012 02:25pm
thanx for your comment sir..
Sal
Jul 10, 2012 02:20am
I want to know why most Indian hate Pakistan so much. They are always looking for reasons to put down Pakistan. What is that? We like India and hope it will succeed and do well. However, If I were an Indian, I would worry more about all the Hindu fundamentalist. One day they will do more harm to India then these Pakistani fundamentalist.
bmurray
Jul 10, 2012 02:24am
Well said! I've read all the comments here, and I finally found the comment I was hoping for!
Karachi Wala
Jul 10, 2012 02:36am
Could a sane Pakistani "Muslim" please tell me where we are heading ? And please also tell me what is the solution to the madness which is eroding the very foundation of Pakistan.
shrirang, Mumbai
Jul 10, 2012 02:57am
Thik hai bhai, if you want to say he was pakistani. Be happy with it. We still honor him, there are institutes/scholarships named after Dr. Khorana.
duh
Jul 10, 2012 03:07am
Who wrote this article? shame on you!!
shrirang, Mumbai
Jul 10, 2012 03:13am
What diffrence??? It's only fundamentalism... You glorify MA jinnah, but little do you know regarding his religious beliefs.
innohunter
Jul 10, 2012 03:14am
There was no india pre-14 aug 1947. Only BRITISH RAJ existed
Babar
Jul 10, 2012 03:15am
Not only he was an Ahmedi but a damn good Muslim too. State interference and constitutions cannot deny any person of his right to be called a Muslim . Only Allah can do this. The Mullahs of Pakistan and those who changed the constitution of Pakistan to declare Ahmedis non muslims have amde a mockery of religon!!! No wonder the emergence of the Taliban is a gift to the people of Pakistan
innohunter
Jul 10, 2012 03:18am
Yes they are. There are churches, temples, gurdwaras all over Pakistan and people are free to perform their worship
innohunter
Jul 10, 2012 03:19am
You have a twisted logic. If that place now exists in Pakistan. Then he is a Pakistani
shrirang, Mumbai
Jul 10, 2012 03:19am
sahi hai bhai.
Naeem
Jul 10, 2012 03:21am
I agree with you Saurabh but unfortunately Pakistan is dominated by fundamentalist who have hijacked Islam for their evil purposes. Therefore you see the merciless killings of Hazaras, Shias, and other minority Islamic sects including the Ahmedis. It is a tragedy that the Madarsah educated and brainwashed uneducated Mullahs are brainwashing the masses.
naeem
Jul 10, 2012 03:27am
Whats wrong with you are not a Msulim. Your name and statement reeks of ignorance!!!
Agha Ata
Jul 10, 2012 04:01am
I often wonder, if a bad Muslim is better than a good non-Muslim? OR maybe, it is more convenient to think that a Muslim is never bad, and a non-Muslim is never good.
Dhanus Menon
Jul 10, 2012 04:08am
Indians never tried to put you people down. Pakistan started the invasions, all wars, use of terror tactics. Read history from a proper source and you will know the truth.
virendra kaul
Jul 10, 2012 04:15am
Very informative piece Arif Saheb. If most Pakistanis thought the way you think, pakistan would have been a different country today. Unfortunately, the likes of Hafiz Saeed, Hamid Gul, Zaid Hamid prevail and silent majority is just silent.
Aziz
Jul 10, 2012 02:09pm
we will not adopt those who are going to do some thing good for the society, who get prominence due to their knowledge , skills and who try to help their country and community... this is what happening in Pakistan. I,m embarrassed on how was treated Dr. Abdus Salam. His name has been erased from text books, declaring that actually we are ignorant people and we do not deserve people like Salam.
Hassaan
Jul 10, 2012 04:29am
it does. either you don't live in pakistan or you have no sense of reality
Virendra Kaul
Jul 10, 2012 04:34am
Faith can have several versions. Buddhists,, Christians and Hindus have several but they don't kill each other. They coexist and that is what is called pluralism. Unfortunately, in Pakistan there have been no leaders who could be called statesman. Present leaders saw short term gains for themselves and never bothered to see what their countrymen needed for development.. Radicalization of army was the last nail in coffin and is probably irreversible. Being in denial mode is another habit prevalent. Changing history doesn't do any good but prepares the new generation on falsehood.
Hassan Mirza
Jul 10, 2012 04:40am
I do not agree with you Waqas with all due respect, the reality of the matter is quite bitter. Regrdless of his sect/religion he should have been given the respect he deserved which he failed to receive. Unfortunately most of the people in our nation unnecessarily involve relogion in every walk of life. As a Pakistani I personally believe that we lost a national hero who surely deserved much more respect than any other scientist of Pakistan.
Rehan
Jul 10, 2012 05:46am
There were four basic forces of nature . Dr Abdul Salam proved that two of them were infact the same , so there are now three forces of nature. That was his landmark contribution. The credit of "Higgs boson" goes to Dr.Higgs It would have been much better if the article had elaborated his work .
Rehan
Jul 10, 2012 05:53am
There were four basic forces of nature . Dr Abdul Salam proved that two of them were infact the same , so there are now three forces of nature. That was his landmark contribution. The credit of "Higgs boson" goes to Dr.Higgs. And this would have been a GREAT article if it had been about Dr.Abdul Salam's work
SHK
Jul 10, 2012 05:53am
I think the media should come foward and atleast shed some light on his work. so that the whole Pakistan would know what this man had suggested was true and should encourage the youth of Pakistan .a short documentry can motivate and inspire the oug generation.
Dr.Humayun Akhtar
Jul 10, 2012 05:58am
Read the book by Wawro called Quicksand. It confirms what I have known for years by connecting the dots through following international news, that Brezinski and Huntington masterminded the global collection, creation, training and propagation of Jihadis into Pakistan and Afghanistan to bring down the USSR after having created a bait to draw in the Soviets into Afghanistan! Hence the Taliban and the Jihadi chaos in that region.
rehan1975
Jul 10, 2012 06:01am
This would have been a MUCH better article if it has focused on Dr.Abdul Salam's work instead of highlighting an issue that has been high lighted countless times already ! DAWN ought to start a section titled "Religion" , unless , of course it is against it's secular policy !!! Please leave religion out of each and every issue . We have enough differences already !!!
K.K. BADRUDDIN
Jul 10, 2012 06:05am
In Pakistan, innocent Ahmadies are selectively killed for their beliefs and the authorities look the other way. A terrorist who massacred nearly 100 innocent Ahmadies, attending Juma prayers, was caught alive but is yet to face charges. Ahmadies are not allowed to greet others with Islamic salutation of Salam, call their places of worship as mosques, which are forcibly taken away from them saying that, they being non-Muslims do not have a right on mosques! If they utter Kalima, they are arrested and incarcerated in jail. This, in spite of the fact that the founder of Pakistan, Mohd. Ali Jinna guaranteed freedom of religion for all in Pakistan. It is a tragedy that such a great scientist like Dr. Abdus Salam had to face humiliation in his own motherland. Islamic world is yet to see another Scientist and Nobel lauret like him.
Bush
Jul 10, 2012 06:27am
I am actually very thankful to the writer of this article because atleast people have started speaking out about this issue of minorities now.Having lived in Lahore once surrounded by such warm and friendly ahmedis and then having seen them flee from our country after attacks against their sect started out,my heart goes out to them and it was about time we debated on it.I'm so happy to read other comments tht so many people in my country still share my views.
Adeel Shahab
Jul 10, 2012 12:12pm
killing thousands of Muslims in Gujrat is no honour. thing is that extremism has no religion or nationality.
Sanwal Saraiki
Jul 11, 2012 12:29pm
“One and the only Pakistani Nobel Laureate.” He was a great Saraiki, born in Jhang and shall remain a hero of Saraiki Waseb. His achievements and service to the nation are unforgettable. His religious beliefs are his personal matter. We are proud of him. We salute you Dr. Salaam.
Taimur
Jul 10, 2012 07:05am
You are right. Just choosing name doesn't make one muslim. One should practice Islam and should accept it from heart. How many such true Muslims will you find in Pakistan? May be not more than few. Are you sure about yourself? The logic is correct but I am amazed to know that Dr. Abdus Salam is not a Muslim but those who are involved in corruption, theft, rape, terrorism are true Muslims. Masha Allah
Samir
Jul 10, 2012 07:09am
Is that what you learnt from your famous school text books? B for Bandook?
Dr S. Jahan
Jul 10, 2012 07:17am
I miss these comrades now in this country and this is the time we need them.
Komal S
Jul 10, 2012 09:40am
But he wants to be called Muslim. Who are you to decide what he should be called. This is where extremism starts.
Hasan
Jul 10, 2012 09:46am
stop living in a bubble ... even muslims are not safe in Pakistan and you're talking about minorties!!! what a joke
MKB
Jul 10, 2012 09:52am
True, but if the % goes in favour, things goes worng. In pakistan or most countries having Islam is the main religion, it goes in favour. Except few exceptions.
Fakhruddin
Jul 11, 2012 05:42am
Qadeer cannpt be compared to the likes of Salam. Their names should not be mentioned in the same sentence. What original work has Qadeer done?
USMAN
Jul 11, 2012 05:50am
Zia was the disease that is still rotting my pakistan
Zener
Jul 11, 2012 06:44am
And where is it written that it was the tree of knowledge? What knowledge of the UNSEEN did they gain after eating from the "Tree of Knowledge" ???
Neeraj
Jul 11, 2012 07:51am
Because people like you are in minority. If tomorrow your neighbour come and create havoc at your home, will you forget everything quickly and become cordial with him. War is another thing, you fight because you decided to fight, and moving with the time you try to forget and improve relations, it happens. But coming from behind and stabbing hurts a lot. It happened in Kargil, it happened in Mumbai. We are not against Pakistanis, but we are against a kind of psyche among large sections of people exist there. Hatred is a big business in Pakistan, you hate Ahmadis, you hate Shias, You hate Hindus, You hate America, you hate India. You hate lot many things, but we only hate terrorists and fundamentalism.
Azwar
Jul 11, 2012 08:05am
You have got it all wrong my friend. Then why don't you go out tomorrow to punjab university and say out loud that Dr. A. Salam is a Pakistani Hero and see how our dear Muslim brother treat you. Wake up Omar.
magus
Jul 11, 2012 08:12am
Interesting statistic: If you google AQ Khan for .pk sites there are a total of 66,000 results. Abdus salam gets less than 9,000 results on pakistani websites. Abdus Salam gets 500,000 results worldwide Vs 1,500,000 for AQ Khan. Three times Vs EIGHT times. Most of AQ Khan hits relate to his notoriety (Over a million!!) earned by selling/buying nuclear secrets, all of abdus salam hits are about his work. Shows how much respect he gets in his mother land. Poor man wanted to still be buried where he was not wanted. There is Yaum E Takbir but no Abdus Salam day. He had to establish his Institute in Trieste Italy since his own country did not want it. LUMS has been able to raise precious little in its six month long fund raising campaign for a chair in his name. There are two very important facilities in the world named after him but only three in his homeland. A nation is known by it's heroes, Pakistan chose AQ Khan, Hafiz saeed and Quadree over Abdus Salam."aithe Abdus Salm noon puchhdai koi nai" - Beghairat Brigade
Azwar
Jul 11, 2012 08:14am
Same goes to you too.
SHA
Jul 11, 2012 08:50am
Hundred Salutes to Dr Abdul Salaam.
Neeraj
Jul 11, 2012 09:25am
But why does he have to be a Muslim to be acknowledged and respected, can't you respect every Pakistani irrespective of his faith if he brings glory to your country. This is the thing which bewilders us most. Today if you will ask in India, majority of youth want APJ Abdul kalam to be our president, don't care which religion he belongs, most importantly he is a patriot. You can be a great country only if you respect your country if not more than as same as your religion.
Waqar
Jul 11, 2012 09:51am
There are certain basis on which a person is called Muslim. Of course, If a model, in physics is put forward by some, but experts in the physics find that it is violating the basic laws of physics, that model can't be accepted. If a person comes along with odd beliefs and claims to be a muslim, experts in Islam (Islamic jurists) find his beliefs not compatible with Islam, that person should not call himself Muslim. In Pakistan, if a ahmedi is calling himself ahmedi, we muslims don't have problem. But if he calls himelf muslim, of course, it is not accepted! I think every one knows, in the name of Islam, ahmedis are broadcasting their channels in many european and other countries. They even have websites, in the name of islam most renown with the name www.alislam.org/. Of course, these channels and websites creat the impression that ahmedis are following islam and they are muslims, which is not true. To summarize, if ahmedis don't claim themselves muslims, we have no problem with them.
usman
Jul 12, 2012 06:07am
no. school students will not name prof. salaam.
usman
Jul 12, 2012 06:11am
do you think pakistanis are the "expert" in islam?? do you think the true meaning of islam was given by pakistani molvies and it was hidden before? dont you think islam was completed long before???
Shahzad
Jul 13, 2012 06:28am
A physicist, scientist, doctor etc. can be from any religion and this is not the benchmark of religion...............So Einstien is not famous due to his religion but his work.
Malik Anas Rabbani
Jul 14, 2012 02:58am
I am Pakistani but I simply love your thoughts.
anvaar
Jul 24, 2012 04:49pm
what was the end of your hero!!!!
HMirza
Aug 23, 2012 06:41am
Sir, why does one need to "sort out " differences? Simply acknowledge them and get on with life.. yours and theirs.