I AM outraged to learn of the horrible treatment meted out by many in Pakistan to the only globally-acclaimed Pakistani scientist and Nobel Prize winner Dr Abdus Salam.

To defame a great scientist and humble human being, whose only sin was to be born in 1947 and by default become a Pakistani, is completely unacceptable.

Dr Salam’s vision of natural and scientific truths has been borne out by the recent discovery of the so-called Higgs boson at CERN in Geneva. In any other country, the memory of a native son who became such an eminent scientist with extraordinary vision and competence would be a cause for much rejoicing, but not in Pakistan.

Shame should also be heaped on the local magistrate whose decision to deface Dr Salam’s tombstone in such a vile manner should be thoroughly condemned.

I am surprised to see that the pages of your publication do not show widespread protest against this terrible insult inflicted on a man who during his lifetime only wanted to seek the truth.

ROBERT J. CHARLES USA

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Abdus Salam Khan
July 14, 2012 1:01 pm
Correction; Salam was born in 1926. Despite the narrow-minded religious zealots, Salam has already acquired the status of a symbol and a role model, even in Pakistan among the forward looking and educated class. Despite the shabby treatment he received at home from these zealots,, he loved his motherland and donated all his noble prize money to the advancement of education in Pakistan. And despite having the choice of accepting so many foreign nationalities that were available to him, he clung lovingly to his green passport..
Ismail Nayyar
July 14, 2012 11:28 am
A nation that dishonors its heroes is truly a failed nation. Pakistan, stop marching towards the abyss!
SALMAN
July 16, 2012 3:31 am
Just to add a bit more on Great Dr Salam Sahab: He went to India and met the then Prime Minister Mrs.Indra Gandhi. She herself made tea for Dr Sahab and sat on the carpet on the floor and not on the sofa as she said, It is an honour for me to meet this great man in my life. This is how living nations and great people tribute great persons. And look what did Pakistan do with him. Just because he was an Ahmedi Muslim.
Munir Masood
July 14, 2012 1:06 pm
Late Dr Abdus Salam deserves posthumous award
Farid Ataullah
July 14, 2012 7:23 am
Tragic is it not . A nation that forgets its heroes stops producing them
Farid Ataullah
July 14, 2012 7:33 am
Tragic is it not, A nation that forgets its heroes stops producing them.
wanderer
July 14, 2012 8:14 am
We have nothing to worry about, so what that we had a noble laureate Dr Abdul Salam, he was just a scientist and that also a non muslim. We have true heroes of Islam like Maullana Fazul ur rehman , maullana Haqqani, Hafiz Saeed sahib and these people will one day take Pakistan to great heights. We have to follow these and soon we will require no heroes other then them as we will be in stone age..
Jamal H. Khan
July 14, 2012 9:39 pm
Famous US historian Charles Beard said of history, 'in the darkest of the night the stars come out!'. When our long dark night finally brings our stars out, as it must, seeing the inexhaustable love and pride of Pakistanis for the country, the likes of Abus Salam will be on a high pedestal while the illiterate fanatics will be in the dustbin of history, as they should!
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