A two-room bungalow, the birth place of Pakistan’s only Nobel laureate Dr Abdus Salam, today stands empty, testament to the indifference, bigotry and prejudice surrounding the country’s greatest scientist. — Photos and text by AFP

Muhammad Shahzad visits the empty house of Professor Abdus Salam.
Muhammad Shahzad visits the empty house of Professor Abdus Salam.
Local residents offer prayers at the grave of Professor Abdus Salam.
Local residents offer prayers at the grave of Professor Abdus Salam.
Boys look at a signboard hangs outside the house of Professor Abdus Salam in the town of Jhang.
Boys look at a signboard hangs outside the house of Professor Abdus Salam in the town of Jhang.
A worker cleans the portrait of Professor Abdus Salam at the state-run school where he received his early education.
A worker cleans the portrait of Professor Abdus Salam at the state-run school where he received his early education.
A resident visits the house of Professor Abdus Salam.
A resident visits the house of Professor Abdus Salam.
A photograph shows Professor Abdus Salam receiving the Nobel Prize from King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden on December 10, 1979, is displayed at the government college where professor Salam taught in Lahore.
A photograph shows Professor Abdus Salam receiving the Nobel Prize from King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden on December 10, 1979, is displayed at the government college where professor Salam taught in Lahore.
Local residents visit the empty house of Professor Abdus Salam.
Local residents visit the empty house of Professor Abdus Salam.
A boy draws water through a hand pump near the house of Professor Abdus Salam.
A boy draws water through a hand pump near the house of Professor Abdus Salam.
A vendor sells snacks outside a state-run school where Professor Abdus Salam received his early education in the town of Jhang.
A vendor sells snacks outside a state-run school where Professor Abdus Salam received his early education in the town of Jhang.
A worker cleans the portrait of Professor Abdus Salam at the state-run school where he received his early education.
A worker cleans the portrait of Professor Abdus Salam at the state-run school where he received his early education.

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saleem tahir
Jul 30, 2012 05:32pm
Hopefully,one day and not in too distant future,this ungrateful nation will honour its real heroes like Prof.Salam,Chaudhary Sir zafrullah Khan,Abdus Sattar EDhi . I just hope I will live to see that day.
Mobashir Ahmad
Jul 30, 2012 06:08pm
I totally agree with Javed A Shafi Baig. Hats off to the great man who knowing fully well the treatment meted out to him opted to receive the nobel prize in his Pakistani dress. He refused to denounce his Pakistani citizenship.
SAFIA NAZ
Jul 30, 2012 05:35pm
we are proud of Dr Abdus Salam because he is a Pakistani.
pirjee
Jul 30, 2012 05:41pm
Gardens that do not value their beautiful flowers, wither away.
javed A Shafi-Baig
Jul 30, 2012 12:01pm
It is very sad that such an eminent man is ignored in the laurels of history and achievement not only for Pakistan but the whole world.Sad to say also they say he is not a Muslim,who is to judge whether I am a Muslim or a christian a jew a Hindu or catholic etc.It is between me and my creator.Long live Dr Salam.You are my true hero God bless you. Amen
Munir Masood
Jul 30, 2012 02:54pm
Painful to observe that how much is Pakistani nation paying the price for interfering in any one's faith which purely between man and his Creator. The fate met by those who incited thru law the nation to promote sectarianism is known to the world. One was hanged till death,the other murdered by his younger son and third completely perished in the aircraft crash. The country's going down the drain day by day. May Allah guide the nation and it's leaders to learn a lesson from history.
FM1
Jul 31, 2012 09:57am
This great scientist's achievements echo through the corridors of science to this day - the existence of the Higgs Boson particle was confirmed by scientists at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland earlier this month, one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time. Dr. Abdus Salam was one of the early scientists who had predicted the existence of such a particle. This honourable son of Pakistan died in exile but never renounced his Pakistani citizenship, refused an offer from India for Indian citizenship after winning the Nobel prize and chose to receive his award in his national dress. Is it asking too much that we honour his memory ?
kashif saif dhillon
Aug 01, 2012 06:27am
why we hve such vice behaviour why we r not abashed of such pathetic conditions meted to our heroes,, we are selfish people every one has to acknowledge it sooner or the later..,
Noor Forum
Jul 30, 2012 09:09am
Salam, Dr. Abdus Salam
Dr.Mohsin Islam
Jul 31, 2012 04:59am
Pakistan is yet to identify its true hero, that's ignorance
@atharchattha
Jul 31, 2012 05:01am
Agony at its climax ...
J.S.Hussain
Aug 01, 2012 02:00am
Dr. Abdus Salam was a great scientist and a great human being. He brought honour to Pakistan. I, as a Pakistani-Canadian, am proud of Doctor Sahib. May his soul rest in peace!
bamboo
Aug 01, 2012 03:00am
DR ABDUL US SALAM zinda bad jahalat murda bad. True son of Pakistan ....
TruthSeeker
Aug 02, 2012 07:08pm
There is a street in Maple Canada on his name
shabir
Aug 19, 2012 05:25pm
I belong to Jhang and proud of Dr AbdulSlam a shining star of Pakistan on the horizon of science. Hoping one day our nation will come out of its prejudices and give him the true respect which he deserves.