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Amidst religious intolerance, Pakistan’s Nobel laureate fades away

Published Jul 30, 2012 06:09am


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Local residents offer prayers at the grave of Pakistan’s only Nobel laureate Professor Abdus Salam to pay homage to him in the town of Rabwah on July 13, 2012. View more photos of the hometown, residence and college of Dr Salam here.- Photo by AFP

JHANG: The two-room bungalow, the birth place of Pakistan’s only Nobel laureate, today stands empty, testament to the indifference, bigotry and prejudice surrounding the country’s greatest scientist.

Professor Abdus Salam, the child prodigy born to a humble family on the sun-blasted plains of Punjab who won accolades all over the world for his ground-breaking research in theoretical physics, is all but forgotten.

He was the trailblazer who helped pave the way to the recently hailed discovery of the “God particle” — one of the greatest achievements in science for the last 100 years — but as the world went into overdrive, Pakistan stayed largely silent.

Not even boasting from India, whose late physicist Satyendra Nath Bose also contributed to the discovery, snapped Pakistan out of lethargy.

And the reason? Because in the eyes of the law, Salam was a heretic.

“Our people are not educated. They just know this is the house of Dr Salam, who was a scientist, and they, including me, are unaware of his contributions. They also know he was Ahmadi,” said local resident Kamran Kishwar, 23.

One of the most religiously polarised towns in Pakistan, Jhang, 188 miles southwest of Islamabad, is home to thousands of Ahmadis and tensions run high between the community and mainstream Muslims.

Ahmadis, were declared non-Muslims in 1974 as part of Islamisation.

In 1984, they were banned from calling themselves Muslim. They are banned from preaching and even from travelling to Saudi Arabia for pilgrimage. Their publications are prohibited.

Ahmadi mosques have been shut down. Others have reportedly been desecrated. In May 2010, suicide bombers killed 80 people at two mosques during Friday prayers.

Dashed dreams

Salam’s portrait hangs in his old school and he paid for a block to be built in his father’s name in the 1970s, but locals are still fighting to have any connotations with him wiped from the premises.

“Elements are still trying to remove Dr Salam’s name from the school,” said Rana Nadeem, an Ahmadi who lives near Salam’s house.

It wasn’t like that when Salam was born in 1926, under British rule. The entire town turned out to welcome him after he scored the highest marks ever to get into the University of the Punjab.

After a PhD at Cambridge, he returned home to teach and determined to set up a centre to encourage world-class science from the developing world.

But his dreams were dashed. Associates say ignorant bureaucrats rubbished his ideas and to pursue an international career he returned to Britain in 1954.

In 1957, he was made professor of theoretical physics at Imperial College, London and in 1964 set up the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste in an effort to advance scientific expertise in the developing world.

He continued to advise Pakistan on science and atomic energy, and was chief scientific adviser to the president from 1961-1974. But after the law changed in 1974, he found an increasingly hostile reception on visits home.

After winning the Nobel prize for physics in 1979 with American scientists Steven Weinberg and Sheldon Lee Glashow, he was banned from lecturing at public universities under pressure from right-wing students and religious conservatives.

‘Victim of narrow-mindedness’

On the other hand, he was given a rapturous welcome in Bangladesh and India.

“Dr Salam is a great hero and possibly the most famous Pakistani in the world but he became victim of the narrow-mindedness of our society,” says Hassan Amir Shah, head of the physics department at Government College, Lahore.

Even in 1989, the world’s first Muslim woman prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, who herself knew prejudice, refused to meet him, recalls nuclear physicist Pervez Hoodbhoy.

“That day I was with Salam in his hotel in Islamabad and he had come all the way from Trieste. Salam was very disappointed when her personal assistant rang up to say the prime minister did not have the time,” he told AFP.

Although Salam’s achievements far outstrip those of A.Q. Khan, the father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb and a Muslim, it is he who is revered as a national hero, despite Khan’s alleged role in nuclear proliferation.

“Ninety-eight per cent of people in this country are Muslim but still they are insecure and intolerant to the two-per cent minority,” said Shah.

It took until 2000 for Government College to establish a physics chair in his name. The university has also named one of its halls after Salam.

Salam’s colleagues also wanted to get the National Centre for Physics in Islamabad named the Abdus Salam Centre for Physics, whose first director had been a PhD student of the Nobel laureate, but Hoodbhoy said the authorities refused.

The Ahmadiyya community certainly feels he was betrayed.

“Even after he was buried, local administration asked the Ahmadi community to remove the word ‘Muslim’ from the inscription on the grave which said ‘the first Muslim Nobel laureate’,” said Shah.

The word has been painted over, leaving just: “the first Nobel laureate.”


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Sadia Jul 30, 2012 08:06am
what a sad thing that pakistani's do not recognize him just because of his religion...very bad
Shafi Jul 30, 2012 08:05am
Thank God Pakistani bigots and Mullah's did not ask to Change his name from MUHAMMAD ABDUL SALAM to something else. No wonder Muslims are killing Muslims not just in Pakistan but also every where else. Death of the UMMAH.
Sohaib YAHIA Jul 30, 2012 08:31am
We, the most unfortunate and shameful nation, judge its people by who they are and not by what they have contributed to the nation and world. Dr. Abdus Salam is one of the very few who has done any good to this thankless country and its people.
Dr Khan Jul 30, 2012 12:32pm
Pakistan is a country in decline - because of it's ignorance and backwardness! Trying to wipe out the memory of a genius by people who know nothing. A female physicist from UK.
Karachi Wala Jul 30, 2012 09:33am
It is a shame that given the ever declining and plunging into the depths of darkness situation of Pakistan, instead Govt. and people at least try and correct the mistakes made in the name and services to Islam, are determined to rewrite the facts and history. No wonder instead of Abdus Salam Pakistan has heroes like A.Q. Khan and Mumtaz Qadri. An unthankful nation can never prosper.
MHQ Jul 30, 2012 09:34am
Be shameful of your lack of knowledge! Here are some of Salam's contributions: - Salam was founder of the Pakistan's space program; he was founding director of SUPARCO. - Pakistan's nuclear program's foundation was layed down by Dr. Salam. - He was chief scientific advisor to govt. of Pakistan from 1961 to 1974. - He sent thousands of Pakistani physicists abroad for training and research. - Salam founded Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology; PINSTECH. ... They are just few points and the list goes on and on...
Asad Jul 30, 2012 09:34am
but remember he did come back to pakistan, but was not provided the means to carryout his work.. The work he did is not country specific rather it was for all mankind, We should relish that he was one of us, The fact that no Ahamdi is poor reflects their success as a community from their hard work and organization and not due to the kind heartedness and support from us pakistanis., we are bent on destroying them because of our narrow mindedness. I feel proud that Dr Salam was a pakistani and achieved greatness..May Allah bless his soul..
Shahid Hashmi Jul 30, 2012 09:36am
Lets recognize a man for what he achieved and not what his religion was. Dr Salam was a great man for what he achieved and we should leave the bigotry aside and recognize for he brought good name to Pakistan even though Pakistan abandoned him because of his beliefs. He always considered himself to be a Pakistani and wished to buried in Pakistan, even he knew it that it is a land of bigots. No matter how we dishonor him he will be remembered worldwide as a man who contribution to science is far greater then any other who called himself a Pakistani.
Dawood Murtaza Jul 30, 2012 07:21am
Is time to acknowledge the mistake and correct the past by changing the future. I have not noticed any positive remarks for Dr.Salam contribution with exception of Post stamp issued and GC college chair on his name. Do something for example adding Dr.Salam's contributions in national school curriculum, recognising his Nobel Prize at national level, show his poster in National Galleries, Establish centre for Physics, some national seminar to acknowledge his success, autobiography of legend Pakistani, do not mock academic who are trying to converse his achievements etc.
Aqeel Jul 30, 2012 09:39am
All Great Men in Pakistan have been in a wrong country.. Nothing new... Remember Faiz?
I Ahmed Jul 30, 2012 10:02am
Perhaps you were not properly qualified to be at the Centre. For a person who claims to be a scientist, the message shows a shallow thought process.
hayat7786 Jul 30, 2012 03:56pm
Actullay, it is bad for all human beings. You can see the daily news. This is what happens to nations who deny Allah's true message. You studay Holy Quran and it is mentioned again and again and Allah's Taqdeer never change. So wake up Pakistan and repent, so HE may save you and forgive you.
Khalid Mahmood Jul 30, 2012 10:14am
To appreciate Abdus Salam there was no need to denigrate Abdul Qadeer Khan.
Hassan Parvez Jul 30, 2012 04:21pm
Bhutto was the one who bent backwards to please the sub-human mullahs and the so called Ulemas in order to keep his power and did nothing to provide justice to the Ahmadi Muslims of Pakistan. His daughter Benazir refused to meet with Respected Dr. Salam, continuing the practice of her father to please sub-human mullahs and uneducated religious Ulemas. I fail to understand your comment, "Bhutto was a great man in wrong country". I would say "DR. SALAM WAS THE GREAT MUSLIM SCIENTIST, BORN IN THE WRONG COUNTRY"
s7786 Jul 30, 2012 03:49pm
First of all as a basic Islamic pricipal or basic humanity, you should give your name. Now who is calling who is the perception unfortunatley created by the wrong intrepations of today's Mullahs who live in dark, and taking Ilam and Muslims in to the dark ages. Go study the Holy Quran and life of Prophet Muhammad(Pbuh) your self. Todays muslims donot know the ioto of true Islam, only Mullah's Islam, and you see the results all over the muslim coutries. If that is not enough to open your eyes, then I can only say may God help you.
hayat7786 Jul 30, 2012 04:16pm
How true it is. May Allah help our Muslim ummah to accept the truth.
jd shami Jul 30, 2012 03:38pm
I do respect and am very proud of Dr. Salam. But you know what the problem is that the author wants me to say that he was a MUSLIM, Which he was not. He was a great scientist, a patriot, a Pakistani and a greatb man.
Ata Jul 30, 2012 04:20pm
Its pity, You have respect for Dr. AQ Khan, who himself admitted his wrong doings on the TV before whole nation. Great people are always remembered with respect,
Derawal39 Jul 30, 2012 07:31am
Agree fully with Dawood Mirza, but are we going to do any of the things he has suggested? I doubt it. Religious Intolerance is the biggest threat to the very existence of our Country.
human55 Jul 30, 2012 08:00am
Hist talent is wasted only to Pakistanis, not to the rest of the world.
Imran Jul 30, 2012 08:21am
Well, he was not wasted talent, in fact Pakistan is a wasted land not utilising his talent. The rest of the world did took advantage in Theoretical Physics. He established a great institute in Italy which is at the forefront of teaching Theoretical Physcis to the third world students where more than 50,000 Physicists have graduated. Pakistan indeed squandered this opportunity in 1964.
Devapratim Jul 30, 2012 02:14pm
Man Dr. AQ Khan has done a lot for Pakistan but now he is at wrong end of the law. Nuclear proliferation is no petty crime.
Nasiroski Jul 30, 2012 04:41pm
It's no different for muslims either.
Siddiqui Jul 30, 2012 05:31pm
well i will request the fed and punjab govt to remove the GC college chair named after Abdus Salam because this is hurting the muslims' religious sentiments.
Shafi Jul 30, 2012 05:48pm
Ignorance is a bliss. Ignorant usually live in a well like frogs who are unable to appreciate the outside world.
althaf Jul 30, 2012 05:02pm
Where does Imran Khan and PTI stand on this issue?
Taimur Afzal Khan Jul 30, 2012 08:44am
It is a shame that Pakistan, a country created in the name of Muslim nation hood, should be so far removed from the Islamic pattern of governance demonstrated by the Prophet first of all, and later by the pious caliphs. The foremost element that stood out in the principles of governance that shone like an illuminating beacon for the entire world to see, admire and emulate , was the respect for other beliefs and tolerance of varying view points. Treatment meted out to the brilliant and patriotic Professor Abdus Salam, is no less than an albatross of ignominy around the necks of ordinary Pakistanis in general and our successive governmental leaders in particular.
Jamshed Khan Jul 30, 2012 08:41am
We neither have Islamic law in the country nor in the lives of majority of Muslims who live in the country. So what are you talking about?
Jamshed Khan Jul 30, 2012 08:38am
It is equally bad for Muslims too.
hayat7786 Jul 30, 2012 04:14pm
Study true Islam, you will find in Ahmadiyyat. May God Bless you.
hayat7786 Jul 30, 2012 04:13pm
Unfortunatley, it is true, but they stll do not see why?
Avtar Jul 30, 2012 04:05pm
You need an "Arab spring" to right the wrong things everyone talks in Pakistan - treatment of minorities, education systems, sectarian violence and so on
s7786 Jul 30, 2012 03:51pm
Oh, May Allah show you the wisdom.
waheed Jul 31, 2012 06:38am
"other sects of life" means included all.
magus Jul 30, 2012 08:04am
I completely agree, no muslim should pay him tribute. Let others recognize his research etc
Jamshed Khan Jul 30, 2012 08:18am
I am strongly against religious prosecution and for minority rights. However, apart from Salam's religious beliefs, he hardly ever lived in Pakistan. Exactly what are his scientific contributions for 'Pakistan'; can anyone on the forum answer this question? Great scientist he was - yes. He made great contributions to theoretical physics - yes. But where does the service to the country come in? As far as the centre for theoretical physics he set up in Italy, the only (or majority of) people from Pakistan who went there were ahmadis. I was being offered funds to go there until they found out that I was not an ahmadi. Please don't just respond to superficial media hypes. Look into the reality on ground. Ahamdis must not always play victims. In a country where every section of the society is suffering they must not try to use the victim card. Ahmadis enjoy several high posts in the government, in particular in the foreign office. They are among the most well-to-do sections of the society. I don't remember meeting many poor ahmadis. Please!
B R Chawlla Jul 30, 2012 04:55pm
Once the youth of Pakistan would discover that an over dose of religion and lopsided approach in the modern time, there future has been pawned to the maukvies they shall never forget these bigots and merchants of death. Chawla
Ramdhan Jul 30, 2012 09:26am
What ever his religion was or his beliefs were, We do not recognize his character but the magnificent contribution that he gave to our NON-CARING-FOR-TALENT Pakistan. Indeed we are a nation perplexed in the name of religion that WE never look at the contribution that this noble man gave. Thats a SHAME! Respect the work of Dr. Abdus Salam
Aman Jul 30, 2012 04:56pm
We as society will only regret...and will do nothing!!! .........Shame on us !! ...
Bakka Jul 31, 2012 11:22am
You need to read about Dr Salam's life as you absolutely have no clue what this graet man went through. He was more Pakistani than you and me.
Jamil Jul 30, 2012 08:13am
But please don't forget it was Z.A. Bhutto during whose time as prime minister Ahmadis were declared non-Muslims.
GKA Jul 31, 2012 06:34am
Words of the Head of Physics of Lahore Univ from above article - " Ninety-eight per cent of people in this country are Muslim but still they are insecure and intolerant to the two-per cent minority,”. This is the root of the two nation theory. If they are insecure about 2 percent, they would be insecure about 52% hindus if partition had not taken place. The cure for insecurity is not in re-drawing borders, it is within. If Partition had not taken place, islam would today be numerically be at par with Hinduism in an undivided India. And since muslims vote together as compared to hindus, they would actually be in power. Hindus gained more through partition than muslims !
ahmad Jul 30, 2012 08:06am
He became Nobel Laureate because he was a nonmoslim.
nasir khan Jul 30, 2012 04:40pm
What an unfortunate nation. I remember when Dr Salam body was brought for burial in Pakistan, there was not a single govt official at the Airport to receive his body. Shame for us, look at what has he done for Pakistan and look at what Pakistan has done for him. What a shame. But God is great, who can deny that as long as this world exist, the name of Dr Salam will continue to exist with respect and honor and achievments in the world, and the names of those who not only disrespected him, but also have tried to remove his name from the history of Pakistan, will be remembered as the most disgraceful people of this country.
Rasool Bakhsh Jul 30, 2012 10:08am
Yes Bhutto was not a great person but act may make him great in the eyes of Allah that he declared disobedients of holy prophet (P.B.U.H) i.e non believers of finality of prophethood (Ahmadis) non Muslim. Gret job he ever did.
Nasiroski Jul 30, 2012 04:39pm
Great leaders always have choices and do what they think is right, this makes them Great, not hollow speaches.
murtaza Jul 30, 2012 11:53am
it is my honour to pay salute to the great intellectual" Dr. Salam." The most famous Pakistani in the world but unfortunately he became victim of the narrow-mindedness of our society.,...................If i m wrong then give me the single name of any PAkistani Scientist,who has invented even whiper of a car.............It is very embarrasing that even after his death our people our not accepting him as a hero.
Dr Habib ur Rehman Jul 30, 2012 01:16pm
Bhutto was a traitor and the biggest reason we lost East Pakistan. He was the one who tore apart Poland's proposal of a ceasefire in 1971 before the war ended. He was the one who, despite Sheikh Mujib's overwhelming majority in the National Assembly's elections, did not allow Awami Party to form a government. Does this not tell you that his own ambition to become Prime minister was achieved at the stake of divided Pakistan. We do not need any more of these "great" men in Pakistan, who will carve out further smaller countries of what is left of Pakistan to achieve their own ambitions.
Sameer Awan Jul 30, 2012 10:11am
Shame on you. I hope every Non Muslim should leave Pakistan because the people like you have made the life of Non Muslims miserable in Pakistan. I hope in future America and Europe will deport all Muslims of Pakistan back to their land and as a deal bring all Non Muslims out of this country. Pakistani living in America and Europe are more extremists in their thoughts and it is better that they will live in Pakistan than in West. I hope Pakistan will become new Afghanistan or far worse than that and an Example for the whole world.
Noor Forum Jul 30, 2012 09:08am
Salam, Dr Abdus Salam
napak Jul 30, 2012 08:58am
Proves that some people still live in stone age.
sarmad Jul 30, 2012 01:12pm
You forget to add judges in this list
Pendoo Jul 31, 2012 12:58pm
If we believe that the judgement lies with Allah on the day of judgement, then for God's sake leave one's faith alone and don't try to emulate God, and concentrate on what that person has done for humanity. No one should assume the right to declare someone heretic as this decision only and solely belongs to Allah. May Abdus Salam rest in peace and may our Creator enable us to appreciate his achievements by thinking beyond the boundaries of religious affiliations. If everything was based on religion, we could discredit all of the modern inventions as majority of them were invented by non-Muslims.
Muhammad Rizwan Jul 30, 2012 07:09am
Mashallah ... He has done so much for Pakistan, indeed a hero but a wasted talent.
@aamir_khan82 Jul 30, 2012 09:56am
Dr. Abdul Salam - Victim of our social rigidity
Dawood Murtaza Jul 30, 2012 09:56am
You should remember episode of well-to-do Governer ( Late) Salman Taseer and his poor security guard.
Haider Jul 31, 2012 10:12am
Well Said. Pakistani leaders and the people dont deseve Dr. abdus Salam institute of theoretical physics coz of their sick minded fanatic approach.
Pakistani.. Jul 30, 2012 05:11pm
bhai there is only one mind set in the muslims who creates problems for the country and for the religion. they think that every one other then them do not ve the right to live. you can find them by the name of taliban, lej, ssp, difa e pakistan council etc. behind every attrocity you ll find this mindset.
لالاجی Jul 30, 2012 05:15pm
Ohh... I too wrote an Urdu article on the doctor, and it received plenty of appreciation. Our Urdu readers also deserve to read something about the greatest scientist Pakistan ever Produced.
Shafi Jul 30, 2012 05:15pm
Thank you Sameer Awan.
noman,khi Jul 30, 2012 05:18pm
your statement is a proof that non muslims while in the company of muslims pretend to be something else but when they join their ilk they reveal their true colors.
Laeeq Jul 31, 2012 10:08am
This the true picture of our madrassa raised herds and their state of mind
Naeem Qureshi Jul 30, 2012 05:31pm
By not honoring Dr. Salam we have shown how much re value education. He could be a role model for our youngsters. No wonder we have a literacy rate of 57% the lowest in the subcontinent. Shame on us for how we treated Dr. Salam our only Nobel Laurent.
Ansari Jul 30, 2012 05:37pm
I think Dr.A.Q.Khan is a much much more talented and intelligent scientist than Abdus Salam.Just getting nobel prize does not mean no one could be better than that laureate and also there's strong perception of Nobel prize being biased against muslims in the muslim world.
Shafi Jul 30, 2012 05:39pm
What are you getting at?
Shafi Jul 30, 2012 05:40pm
Comparison is not denigration!.
Shafi Jul 30, 2012 05:41pm
Where are they? Hiding!
Laeeq Jul 31, 2012 09:46am
Yes our nukes are generating millions megawatts of electricity which in turn providing energy to every sector of the industry and even investors from south Korea and Bangladesh are considering to bring their industry to Pakistan. Salam to great A.Q. Khan!
shahzad Jul 30, 2012 05:45pm
I think Parvez Hoodbhoy has no right to hurl any allegation on Dr.A.Q.Khan as Hoodbhoy has been one of the foremost opponents of Pakistan nuke prog. Salute to Mohsin e Pakistan Dr.A.Q.Khan.
AbuMischa Jul 31, 2012 09:38am
Rahmat: One of the principal difficulties in the sixties was to find a mechanism to give masses to the elementary particles in an acceptable theoretical framework. This, surely, needs some explanation. An acceptable theory obeys certain symmetries, often expressed as invariance under mathematical transformations allowed by the symmetries, yet allows a well-defined breaking of these symmetries which involves a redefinition of the ground state. This mechanism was discovered by Peter Higgs in 1964 and proven on a mathematical toy model. This remained largely unnoticed, until Steven Weinberg (in 1967) and independently Abdus Salam (in 1968) made use of the Higgs mechanism by introducing four scalar (spin 0) particles interacting with the rest of the particles and with themselves. Cleverly selecting these scalars, they showed that the carriers of the weak force, the so-called W-bosons and the Z-boson, have the correct masses, and the photon, the carrier of the electromagnetic force, remained massless. Three of these scalars were used to give masses to the W- and Z-bosons, which were discovered at CERN in 1984 with the correct masses and other quantum numbers. The remaining scalar particle, called the Higgs particle, and the scalar part of the Weinberg-Salam theory, however, remained untested until July 4, the date that two CERN experiments ATLAS and the CMS announced the discovery of the Higgs particle having a mass of 125 GeV (approximately 130 times the proton mass). It was a very long shot and took some 48 years and a series of ever more sophisticated and energetic particle colliders to really demonstrate that a scalar particle, suggested by Peter Higgs, with the right properties, as written down by Weinberg and Salam in 1967-68, actually exist in Nature. The real importance of this discovery will unravel itself only on a long term. A good point and example to think about is the discovery of the electron by J.J. Thompson at the end of the nineteenth century. We can not imagine today a world without electrons. Higgs particle(s) will play an equally important role in understanding the fabric of the universe.
Dawood Murtaza Jul 30, 2012 07:10am
Reply to Fika77 Ok, then acknowledge the mistake and correct the past by changing the future. I have not noticed any positive remarks for Dr.Salam's contributions with exception of Post stamp issued and GC college chair on his name. Do something for example adding Dr.Salam's contributions in national school curriculum, recognising his Nobel Prize at national level, show his poster in National Galleries, Establish centre for Physics, some national seminar to acknowledge his success, autobiography of legend Pakistani, do not mock academic who are trying to converse his achievements etc.
Shafi Jul 30, 2012 07:55am
Do not forget my friend it was Bhutoo who declared Ahmadis non Muslims.
Indian Jul 30, 2012 07:47am
And pakistan still mourns the distant Rohingyas?
academic_econ Jul 30, 2012 07:35am
bhutto was a chief reason for the intolerance towards the ahmedis to get out of hand. how can you even think of saying bhutto was a great man in the article about a person who was betrayed by bhutto. you sir need to read how you 'great' bhutto was one of the main reasons for the laws that were passed against the poor ahmedi nation.
AHA Jul 30, 2012 10:38am
At least the non-Muslims of Pakistan get international sympathy - for what it is worth. We, the helpless moderate Muslims of Pakistani do not even get that.
Jawetz Jul 30, 2012 10:44am
Yes it is bad. he Should have been recognized as a FIRST PAKISTANI NOBEL LAUREATE. without mentioning his religon. Any how, I came to know it today ..for the first time he was AHmadi
Pakistani Jul 30, 2012 11:56am
Replace the Lal Masjid with a Science Center, and name it after Dr. Abdus Salam. This will help put the maulvis who have done so much harm to Pakistan in their place.
Dr Habib ur Rehman Jul 30, 2012 01:09pm
Prof Salam qualified and was asked to apply for British Visa just before he was to be awarded the Noble prize. He refused saying that I don't want any country other than Pakistan to claim the Noble prize, I am likely to get and kept his Pakistani passport. This was his patriotism but people like you who are ignorant of the actual facts must at least do their research before making any comments. The institute he set up in Italy was according to his plans and visions meant for Pakistan but he was not accorded permission. If President Ayub had the courage and vision to grant him permission for the institute, Pakistan and not Italy would have the great institute where Muslims from all over the world would have been trained in Physics--- another "House of Wisdom" of Mamoon ur Rasheed's age.
Laeeq Jul 31, 2012 10:05am
Is the kalima translated like this: we believe in one God, and Muhammmad Pbuh is the last prophet of god ?
AAA Jul 31, 2012 10:04am
I totally agree
kdspirited Jul 30, 2012 03:23pm
I find it strange and regretable that there are people on this forum denouncing Dawn's efforts to highlight the man who is one of the pioneers of modern physics. The fact that for years he has lived in obscurity and has not had the recognition that he deserved. The fact that Dawn had the courage despite the fact that most people would get death threats for even bringing up the name of an Ahmedi in any forum. I respect and salute the courage of this paper for always doing the right thing. I also am proud that a man like Dr. Abdus Salaam was a Pakistani. Despite extensive persecution he lived for Pakistan and chose to die and be burried here. And my head hangs low in shame for the unfortunate nation who lost out on the teachings and abundance of Dr. Salaam. that could have put one of our physicist at the forefront of the validation of the higgs boson phenomena. Our loss
Tanvir Jul 30, 2012 03:22pm
I concur.
Rahmat Jul 30, 2012 03:17pm
Could someone please throw light on what exactly was Dr. Salam's contribution to the concept of Higgs-Boson particle ?
Faran Ali Jul 31, 2012 09:22am
Dr. Salam was no doubt a learned person. We should not involve religion into everything. Everything has certain boundaries.
Laeeq Jul 31, 2012 09:47am
How you know he was not a Muslim?
Laeeq ,NY Jul 31, 2012 09:51am
He was not wasted, but he was for the world, not for few millions Pakistanis. If he did not leave the Pakistan then he had wasted his talent. Just look forward , there will be more discoveries on his theories.
Laeeq Jul 31, 2012 09:57am
Kimi, you need to read about the life of this great scientist. AQ khan was metalergist not a nuclear scientist.
Mashiqkhan Jul 30, 2012 02:52pm
He believed in one FORCE and all other forces belonged to that ONE. No Mulla has such vision. Allah gets His work done through selected people.
neo Jul 30, 2012 02:35pm
anybody remember jinnahs family ......... as a kid i was only told at school that Jinnah had a sister Fatima ..... well his wife and kids knew this place aint gonna b nice for them ...... wat a country by the way !
Khalid Jul 30, 2012 02:36pm
Professor Dr. Abdus Salam was a great man, a great scientist, an outstanding Mathematician and a Nobel Laureate Physicist. Nobody can change these realities which glitter across oceans. He was a man whose heart and mind and his soul was filled with love for God and love for humanity. He was so firm and consistent in doing good that nothing could deter him from doing that. His association with Pakistan and his love for the talent all over the world especially Pakistan could be seen and felt by all those who knew him. Please do not comment negatively about a great man of Dr Salam's Stature if you don't know him, or his work, his contribution to the future of science. He was a man that you won't find a parallel of him. I wish good sense prevails and people start seeing things as they are so that God Almighty bestows HIS Favors on them.
GM Malik Jul 30, 2012 02:28pm
To me and all educated Pakistanis including those of us who live abroad, Dr. Salam is our hero and will remain a GREAT Pakistani Scientis and Educator who served the humanity with his discoveries. We don't care what the politians and Mullahs say about this great man. Man's religious believes are his own and Allah (SWT) alone is the judge, not a Mullah!!
asad Jul 30, 2012 02:27pm
Can you name just A FEW of his inventions?
asad Jul 30, 2012 02:23pm
You are absolutely spot on.
anees Jul 30, 2012 02:21pm
" He sent thousands of Pakistani physicists abroad for training and research ". where are those THOUSANDS now? What are THEIR contributions?
Amir Jul 30, 2012 11:12am
We, as Pakistanis, have forgotten our religion, too. Islam teaches tolerance and the life of our Prophet (pbuh) is awash with incidents where he forsook people who differed with him.
Sameer Awan Jul 30, 2012 10:09am
For your kind Information Pakistani Government have already removed Muhammad from his name as they stated that Muhammad name is the Property of Muslims. The name on his Grave have been changed to Abdus Salam as well from Muhammad Abdus Salam. So kindly enlighten yourself that in an Extremist nation the word tolerance does not exist and Pakistanis even did not spare him on his name as well.
zkkhan Jul 30, 2012 01:04pm
This negative type of rating should be abandoned and we all should respect the Nobel literuate as the whole world does it. If this great man is not getting respect in his own country will remain a black scar on the face of Pakistan till some historian removes it.But surely whole world, except his motherland, respect him for his inventions .
MAJanjua Aug 01, 2012 01:11pm
Irrespective of his ethnic belief's his achievement should be respected as a Pakistani.
LIsa Aug 01, 2012 10:27am
I am a Pakistani christian and I love Pakistan. I am a math professor and I went to University of Karachi to pusue my degree. Pakistan is a nation that need a true guide...everyone is on his own. I truly believe that no Pakistani Muslim can ever hurt a Pakistani christian or any other minority. We are a string resilient nation who are trying to find a way to deal with the enemy and together we can overcome this challenge. Just by reading the posts here can make a sane human being understand that we Pakistanis had so much regard for this non Muslim Pakistani Dr. Abdus Salam...dont let our enemies win...let them teach this lesson that we Pakistani love our country and its citizen regardless of religion.
sibghatullah Jul 30, 2012 07:07am
He refuted important Islamic idealogy, how a muslim can pay him tribute, Research of A. Salam on material is great skill and it is recognized.
ansari Jul 30, 2012 12:13pm
Almost all of the teachers in Physics and Maths departments of QAU in the eighties were regular visitors of ICTP. Being an Ahmadi or not was never an issue.
Dawood Murtaza Jul 30, 2012 07:06am
This article is about recognising legend Pakistani, not about taxing non-muslim( Pakistan is only country in world that has consitutional clause to mock a sect by name: Ahmedi)
waheed Jul 30, 2012 07:08am
Jizya is a Tax, all the citizans in pakistan are paying different Direct or inDirect Taxes to Govt and how much security is provided to Muslims in Pakistan ? do not talk about security to non Muslims in pakistan. In Fact, our religous , military and civil leadership have been collapsed morally. How can we expect security from these corript mafias.
Sagar Sohail Jul 30, 2012 09:51am
Believe me, in USA, you won't get beaten to death if you go out and ask intriguing questions about Bible. No sane mind would compare between Pakistan and USA in this regard.
AbuMischa Jul 30, 2012 11:32am
Who cares if a road is named after Abdus Salam or even a town renamed. What is important is his contribution to the world science. He is one of the founding fathers of the modern theory of electroweak interactions, a term coined by him for the unified theory of the weak and electromagnetic interactions. This is his lasting legacy. He contributed to unravel the fundamental laws of Nature. Whether he is classified as a musilm or a non-musilm is an irrelevant parameter in scientific discourse. Abdus Salam has put Pakistan on the intellectual and scientific map of the world. He has influenced the development of modern fundamental physics in its most formative stage. He is and will remain a role model for those who care about science and scientific development. That the Higgs boson will be discovered was only a question of time and having the right instruments (read as the CERN collider LHC) . Weinberg and Salam had predicted the properties of the Higgs boson in 1967-68 and the discovery announced by CERN on July 4 is for all that is known so far just confirms their insight. Long Live Theoretical Physics, Long Live the Genius of Men like Weinberg, Salam and Higgs!
Albie Jul 30, 2012 07:00am
well I am Pakistani CVhristian and living in United States country build on Christian Values, Hate to say Pakistan is the worst country for anyone who's not Muslim ...Bad for non muslims people.Each and everyday I am Thankful for my lord Jesus Christ I am living In America GOD Bless America
@IAgnikul Jul 30, 2012 04:34pm
@Pakistani What a wonderful thought!
Dr. D. Prithipaul Jul 30, 2012 04:38pm
In reference to the intolerance shown towards Abdus Salam, it is worth recalling the irony of the Ahmadiyas supporting the Muslim League and its affiliates in supporting Partition and the horrors which it generated, and still generates with the support of all the Pakistani government of the day.
MAC Jul 30, 2012 12:07pm
But please also remember why Bhutto declared Ahmadis as non-Muslims? Did he has a choice at that time. Real blame goes to all those who are still roaming the Pakistani streets in the name of Islam.
@kakhangandapur Jul 30, 2012 09:21am
The readers' comments are really heartening. Almost all of them are against the prosecution of minorities and also recognise the great work of Dr Abdus Salam. This is a positive omen of a positive change.
Nasir Jul 30, 2012 06:07pm
You don't need sympathy... as you moderate people don't deserve. Moderate Silent Muslim = Hypocrites!
anees Jul 30, 2012 09:15am
Every 10 - 15 days, there is an article about this man. What do you want NOW? The only thing left is to take him out of his grave, put him in a box near Minar-e-Pakistan and ask people to worship him. Forget about him now. Don't you have others like Dr. AQ Khan to write about?
@kakhangandapur Jul 30, 2012 09:18am
It turned bad after the Islamization of the country. Foresighted people like the great Bacha Khan (khan Abdul Ghafar Khan) saw it coming and was therefore in favour of creating an independent homeland for Pashtuns where their energies would have been channelized for the welfare of humanity vis-a-vis the present scenario, where they are used as fuel for fueling destruction against humanity.
Ata Jul 30, 2012 09:18am
I always wonder what kind of country is this and what kind people we are. We always feel pride in doing and protecting heinous crimes to humanity but don’t feel any respect for the one who is true hero. Sir, you must not pay him tribute because he doesn’t need it at all. GOD honored him great respect from all over the world.
Luqman Jul 30, 2012 11:50am
We need to take inspiration from the hard work he put in before reaching the milestone.
Noorani Jul 30, 2012 07:19am
Dr. Salam's first request for a piece of land with a proposal to build a science and research center was forwarded to President Ayub Khan by the then Finance Minister Muhammad Shoaib. Ayub Khan denied the request saying he (Salam) wants land to build a fancy (ora four/five star) hotel. Dr. Salam did come up with a research center in a remote Island in Sicily.
Shahin Jul 30, 2012 12:01pm
Yes you should be great ful that you are not living in Pakistan. But soon the day will come when everything will be fine and you will come back with a proud face. We will welcome you and all other religious ministries with open arms. Inshallah Allah
AHA Jul 30, 2012 10:32am
@fika77 - It would be nice to acknowledge the mistakes of the pas move on - except that we are not doing that, not even by a long shot. So someone has to keep raising the flag in the hope that people will notice, and I salute Dawn for doing just that.
anonymous_world Jul 30, 2012 11:25am
Being a student, I have a question: Would you respect, acknowledge, and talk good about a person--from your neighborhood-- because of his achievements; If the same person WRONGLY/UNETHICALLY talks bad about your parents all the time. Would you still go out and tell people that this person is great even though he lies bad things about your parents. Just want to have a perspective over here.
fika77 Jul 30, 2012 06:26am
Well well well, another one in the name secularism and how it is hard for everyone to live in Pak. Can't we just acknowledge the mistakes made earlier and move on? Is it really necessary to every now and then highlight what is highlighted many times on the same pages? Does dawn think all the current problems have been solved and there is no need to point out those except if these have a religious masala?
waheed Jul 30, 2012 06:27am
Islamisation process influenced by right wing pressure groups, Bhutto took steps in early 70's to introduced cosmetic steps, like Ahmadi issue, Friday declared holiday, Ban of wines, asylum and material support to Afghan students, though ZAB himself was liberal minded but took Hippocratic steps just to prolong his Govt tenure. Then military dictator Ziaulhaq introduced height of hypocarcy, Mullaism, rent a jehad etc. in the interest of West/USA/S.Arabia. Since early 70's Pakistan is in the state of war, terrorism and broken values/society, crimes, Bhatta mafia, killings, religious extremism, shia/sunni conflict, and Pakistan as state and as nation has collapsed. Our values and standards are so downgraded that imagine who is sitting on the seat of Jinnah, who is sitting on the seat of prime minister. Just imagine the deterioration & IQ of our politicians, bureaucracy, religious leaders, and all other sects of life.
mohammad Jul 30, 2012 06:30am
Gr8 man in a wrong country
Zaheer Jul 30, 2012 06:52am
I fully agree...I also the same about Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto...He was also a great man in a wrong country...Hw would have been reverred in any other contry of the world except Pakistan..No wonder we are in a pool of blood of innocents....
Dawood Murtaza Jul 30, 2012 06:51am
Ok, then acknowledge the mistake and correct the past by changing the future. I have not noticed any positive remarks for Dr.Salam contribution with exception of Post stamp issued and GC college chair on his name. Do something for example adding Dr.Salam's contributions in national school curriculum, recognising his Nobel Prize at national level, show his poster in National Galleries, Establish centre for Physics, some national seminar to acknowledge his success, autobiography of legend Pakistani, do not mock academic who are trying to converse his achievements etc.
Afroze Jul 30, 2012 06:51am
There seems to be so much contradiction in what Muslims preach and what they practice:preaching there is no compulsion in religion and practicing intolerance towards religious minorities. Since Ahmadis are declared non-Muslims, they should be asked to pay "Jizya" taxand in return the Pakistani government is obliged to provide them with full security, if indeed the federation is a Islamic one.
akhter husain Jul 30, 2012 07:12am
It is a pity that pakistanies do not acknowledge the achievements of Abdussalam,the first pakistani Nobel Laureate.Though ,I think,the matter should be left to people to judge the greatness of a scientist,who brought laurels for Pakistan.
Azhar Awan Jul 30, 2012 06:17pm
Dear brother Rasool Bakhsh, , I wish if you have a good review of sura-Al-Nissa. You will have a shocking discovery, Allah himself told the believers the followers of this master prophet Mohammed peace be upon him will have all those devine titles which were given to the followers of previous prophets. I believe we are too short cited and too emotional. Ms Bhutto refusal to meet Salam or naming his house, his street or his high school are very temporary phenomenon. The scientist of Pakistan are not biased towards any Ahamdi or towards salam and I salute their forward thinking. I assure you, Ahamdi are Muslims, no one take this right from them-Brother Rasool, I respect Z. Bhutto tremendously, his actions speak louder than any thing, he derail the education system of Pakistan minimum 50 years. Pakistan is belong to Pakistani and history of tolerance will be rewritten- you can not deny the path of water and similarly we can not deny Salam his stature. Ahamdis you are asked 100 salam and that were your focus.
Owais Jul 30, 2012 06:39pm
For the sake of our future generations. Let's make this country secular. God bless "Republic of Pakistan"!
AbuMischa Jul 31, 2012 06:25am
You have no proof of your provocative statement. It is people like you who create calculated resentment, distorting facts and triggering anger which can only end in harming innocents. Or, do I have to remind you that an Ahmadi faculty member of the same physics department to which you ostensibly belonged, was murdered on the QAU campus. Shame on you, man.
Saad Jul 30, 2012 07:00pm
Well I really do not think Abdus Salam himself insulted anyone. What sort of a comparison is this? He belonged to a religious minority. What nationalism demands is that he was a Pakistani National irrespective of his religion and therefore must be respected for his abilities. Stones were thrown at Prophet (SAW) but he always showed tolerance towards his enemies. The beautiful example of Prophet's tolerance must be practised to gain respect in even the staunchest of haters, if you do think that they insult you.
parvez Jul 30, 2012 07:01pm
We have wronged Salam much and his physics has been viewed through his faith, which is unjust. I like ZAB and BB but their treatment of Salam and Ahmedis was wrong and got them bad name only.
Azhar Jul 30, 2012 07:02pm
33A, and 39 A and XSM Dear Brother Jamshed Khan. I believe you asked right questions and I deeply sorry, one of the writer was very harsh and disrespectful. I am Ahmadi scientist and live in USA and I do believe Slam had done a lot and he certainly want to do more and just the circumstances and the atmosphere was not conductive then. I also feel shame that I can not do any good to my mother land, because, I could be coward because I fear of my life or I fear my students or peers might disrespect me in the class-otherwise, I do have the potential to become a part of those good mind who want to help Pakistan.
Razzaq Jul 30, 2012 07:10pm
What happened to Jinnah's words "The state would never mix religion with politics"? ZAB's son in law is sitting comfortably after the murder of his own governor in Punjab and the self cofessed killer is enjoying his time in prison.
Rishi Jul 31, 2012 03:31am
MAC, he always had a choice. Given his position between a rock (extreme right wing) and a very hard place (the army) he must have know his days are numbered one way or the another. He could have gone down in a blazing trail of glory by not cowing in to pressure and reject the ahmedi's are non-muslim claim or he could have resigned. But he lacked the dignity and courage to sacrifice his "political career". Just another feudal lord nothing more.
An Indian Jul 30, 2012 07:25pm
Abdul qadeer?? one who is the proliferator of nuke technology/material to north Korea....
Nasiroski Jul 30, 2012 07:26pm
Absolutely, we do not respect any non muslim scientist, what have they done for the muslims anyways, from materials that my house is made of, my mode of transportation, electric power, every amenity that I enjoy in life, they are all invented by Muslim scientists. We only respect our muslim clergy and that is it because we are muslim, and this is our heritage.
Ali Jul 30, 2012 07:27pm
Musharraf broke the rule for short term gains, broke the divine rule, which later brought so much trouble for Paksitan. Pakistan is sinking deeper and deeper in the whole it chose for itself. It looked glamorous to everyone, easy money, fast fame or glamor, at any cost, devoid of principles. This is a test from Allah, to reject glamor and to go by the divine rules to please the lord of the heavens & earth, Insha Allah, Pakistan can still produce many more Professsor salams, and who will also be believers. Professor Salam is not the end of the world. Check out research cetners, world class labs, & Universiites, and you will find a huge list of Pakistani Scientists with huge contributions in various fields of seiences. Don't despair!
fbn2 Jul 30, 2012 07:31pm
I completely agree with you. People blame Yahya Khan for 1971 incidents, but they don't point any fingers towards Bhutto, who i feel was the real reason of the rift that was created between East and West Pakistan.
Saz Jul 30, 2012 07:31pm
you are correct and this is the truth whether we want to believe it or not!!! get the blindfolds off your eyes and look around...........the blood shed of innocent people in the name of religion, where are we heading to???????
Janikhel Jul 30, 2012 07:31pm
Very well said, the time has come, when people's destiny is in the hands of circumstances and not the other way around. If Pakistan is to survive, you must eliminate low class MES contractors to make headline news along with the members of the Armed Forces involved in a National Scam.
Saz Jul 30, 2012 07:31pm
of course! thank you1
Saz Jul 30, 2012 07:33pm
Inshallah:)) We hope and pray that day comes soon!!
Dr.M.M.Khan Jul 30, 2012 07:42pm
i was present in stockholm when Dr.Salam was awarded the nobel prize. Tears of joy ran down my cheeks and i choked. A bigot later on coldly told me the late doctor was not a moslem. Shocked and puzzled i said does it matter--He is a pakistani and that is all that matters! It is amazing ZAB gave Salam all the encouragement and then for political expediency declared the ahamadi community as non moslems. Zia completed the task. Dr.Salam never basked in glory, he let others to shine. As pakistanis we thank him for his achievments and as a ravian i salute him.
M.A. Jul 30, 2012 08:08pm
It is very sad that Pakistan has turned into religious fanaticism / terrorism, unfortunately Muslim history is full of terror and injustice against minorities or the vanquished. The ugly custom of the Arabs the collection of jaziya is part of our religion, this clause of Islam is playing some role in making Muslims dislike non-muslims. If Pakistan stays on the tracks it is on it might disappear from the the map.Shame to Bhutto who declared Ahmadis non-Muslim shame to Benazir who refused to meet Dr. Salam these two animals were the dust of Dr. Salam's shoes. History will treat Dr. Salam right tomorrow he will be in our memories and nobody will remember Bhutto, Benazir, Nawaz Sharif and the corrupt President of Pakistan.
ram Jul 30, 2012 08:21pm
He created Qadianis contraversy He was wrong man for this great country
Rahman Jul 30, 2012 08:24pm
I agree with Dr Saheb. Bhutto has been the main architect of dismemeberment of Pakistan. Her was power hungery. He didnot allow majority party awami league to form govt. If awami league had been allowed to form govt, eastern half of Pakistan wouldnot had been lost. Bhutto having nationalised education institutions, has destroyed education in Pakistan.
Guest Jul 30, 2012 08:25pm
It is sad to see Pakistan at it's current state. There is no religious tolerance and no real direction from the leaders. Bhutto and Zia sowed the seeds of hatred and religious intolerance. The great scientist Abus Salam that should have been seen as the pride of Pakistan is not given his due. God save Pakistan from Mullahs and leaders who mix religion into politics for their personal gains and twisted ideology. For start Pakistan must repeal it's unjust blasphemy laws.
jag Chadha Jul 30, 2012 08:31pm
Most of the comments here are from who appear to be secular. There are just a few people who are die hard Islamic. What is the reality? Are most Pakistanis bigots or secular?
Dr. M. Hasan Jul 31, 2012 10:47am
So, what's the point. You have the freedom of your Iman and to live in peace after death. Will it be too much of me to ask of you to respect the beliefs of other and let them live in peace with honor in this world? By the way this world in not purposeless.
Bakka Lohar Jul 31, 2012 10:45am
Sadly it's people like you who have turned Pakistan into an intolerant society. The result of this bias has bought us to complete choas and anarchy. We are at brink of disintegration and yet we still continue to sleep walk. Religious beliefs are a privare matter between Allah and the individual and we have not right to judge others.
ali Jul 30, 2012 08:36pm
Hasty decisions or glamour based decisions are short sighted by nature. Musharraf made a decision for Pakistan to get overnight acceptance for Pakistan, and the result is Americans are not leaving, become a pain in the neck. Decisions should be made based on long term vision of Pakistan, not short term recognition in the world. Allah has the power to create better brains than Abdul Salam What makes people or nation stronger is standing by the principles, even at the cost of losing temporary gains. Also, don't attack scholars, like other human beings they become ill too, and Allah has not forbidden them to get treatment in a top class american hospital. The fact is, top notch physicians and surgeons are humble people, and do not carry such biases against patients from any religion or for group of people like scholars. They are not shallow people. Stop hateful comments. Read Quran, and you will find total conformance with scientific discoveries. Do not undermine the wisdom of Allah.
BLB Jul 30, 2012 08:43pm
And that will be 500+ years coming.
Ali Jul 30, 2012 08:46pm
Abdul salam is not the end of the world. Pakistan can produce more scientists. We still have thousands of scientists completing their research in various fields of Science, and contributing to various discoveries. don't break the rule, think long term, or face the consequences of few short term decisions, like making american war as Pakistan's war.
Gilzai Jul 30, 2012 08:52pm
Long live honorable Dr. Mohammad Abdus Salam. Do not expect any good from the evils of Pakistan, is God not enough for his person. Dr. Salam was blessed in this world and I’m sure his status is very elevated in heaven.
saj Jul 30, 2012 08:59pm
why should his religion not be mentioned what right do you or your peers have to judge him and his religion ?
saj Jul 30, 2012 09:06pm
yes absoloutley we should concentrate on more important issues then on nuclar physics like is donkey meat permissible to eat ?
Jamshed Kharian-pak Jul 30, 2012 09:14pm
Salut Dr Sahib 100/p agrree long live Ir Pakistan
kimi Jul 30, 2012 09:22pm
hey can someone clear me why only nobel literate didnt and never live in pak n work for pak? or any university of pak ? like why he didnt teach any phd students in pak? and why he didnt come back to pak after winning nobel prize ? abdul qadeer ( what ever he did good, bad we have no solid proof about that , most things are exagerated by media so dont wana discuss it ) he did each n every thing in pak and most government and public also didnt support him but he didnt leave this country , i know , we all know that he must have opportunity to do so but he didnt , he could also migrate n work for america or britian very easily n may be got any nobel prize too hey now plz dont start abdul qadeer's topic just reply about abdus salam
(Dr.) B.N. Anand Jul 30, 2012 09:26pm
Well, the trauma of disowning Professor(Dr.) Abdus Salam is going to haunt Pakistan and it's academic community for all times to come. Some bizarre acts were committed even with his grave by removing "Muslim" and then to be read as the "First Laureate". He has not been honored even being a Pakistani and humiliated even in his grave. I am sure future generations will ever repent on such acts from the govt. and the fundamentalists. At least in India, he is a highly respected scientists and many of his colleagues here from his student days at Panjab University, Lahore recall with fondness and pride their having been student colleague with The Nobel Laureate at some time in their lives. Indeed, the recent discovery of "God Particle" has rekindled and revived those old associations. BNA
(Dr.) B.N. Anand Jul 30, 2012 09:39pm
Sir, you have to understand that the people who work in fundamental research in the universities produce results which are utilized by industries for application. There is nothing like "country specific" result in the hard and core areas of science, especially in basic principles of science.t Moreover such results are published in scientific literature and every scientist has an access to those results.It makes a name for a country if those results are either cited or utilized for application by any individual or industry. But the nations known in the world for such contributions and values and not for any religion. So you have to be little broad minded to appreciate what Professor Salam has been to do in the field of Physics for Pakistan. Such people are very rare and born once in many centuries.i BNA
Adam Khan Jul 30, 2012 09:42pm
Jamshed Khan. The government didn't let him establish the institute in Pakistan. That's the reason he got it there. With this filthy mind you deserve to be put in a dumpster.
Zavia Jul 30, 2012 09:43pm
If he was so smart than, he must understand the Prophet MUHAMMAD (SAW) is the last Rasul of Allah. Having an elite degree and Nobel prize doesn't mean he will be respected.
zavia Jul 30, 2012 09:52pm
Nor we are backward neither ignorant state. Top Global players has so much interest in Pakistan, that they can not move an inch without our assistance for example 'war on terror'. Our people and soldiers have sacrifices their lives so that you can be in peach of mind there in UK.
Yawar Jul 30, 2012 09:53pm
and do not forget rampant corruption in government and the downfall of large industry in Pakistan took its root during Bhutto's tenure
Yawar Jul 30, 2012 10:00pm
You spoke my mind. You should team up with Hasan Nisar.
Yawar Jul 30, 2012 10:11pm
Faiz has significant more recognition in Pakistan than Abdus Salaam. Despite the fact that Faiz's achievements were less significant compared to Salaam's achievements. The main reason for Pakistan's hopeless situation is that the world, including India, has left it behind in science and technology. Recognizing Salaam's achievements at the national level could have inspired many Pakistanis to emulate him in physics. But the narrowminded and selfish approach shown by our secular and religious leaders unfortunately prevented this from happening. Time to start pointing fingers at foreign powers.
Ali Jul 30, 2012 10:21pm
Bow down to Abdul Salam so that the world accepts you is like bowing down to Israel so that America accepts you Musharraf bowed down to America and it was India-centric decision. The pressure here is to bow down to Abdul Salam otherwise India would hijack the discovery & credit. Our decisions should be based on principles & not short sightedness. Abdul Salam is just another human being, who knowingly rebelled from the path given in the Quran, and bowed down to the forces that injected evil into Muslims, to create tribulation. We know the consequence of making such hasty decisions, Pakistan is still suffering from Musharraf's India centric decision. Instead of praising Abdul Salam, we should praise Allah who created the fine brain, and pray to Allah to give similar or better talent to Pakistan. Muslims should unite as one, and not allow weak spot withing the fabric of islam, to not give chance to kuffar to weaken Islam and Muslims Trust in Allah, Allah will give many more Abdul Salams to Pakistan. This is not out of hate, it is out of desire for Muslim unity & justice.
khan Jul 30, 2012 10:21pm
well good luck and live like a second citizen..And eat a lot of burgers. Ahmadis should change their names.Keeping the Muslims names is not gonna help them.
Syed Jul 31, 2012 10:31am
Dr. Abdus Salam is an icon and a national HERO. Preserve our OWN heritage, national honor and prestige by recognizing his contributions to Science. Who cares WHAT SECT he belonged to. Shameful. A country with bigots living in it. Having BIG BEARDS and talking around people's backs, is what this nation has reduced itself to. We have turned into a deeply corrupt society in which common man suffers. Please get rid of these Maulvis, Jageerdars, wadairas, khans, ... who have dragged the entire nation at the verge of hell fire of destruction. Catastrophe looms and the society is doomed to fail one day and that day is coming soon unless we self-correct SOON. Wake up now for God's sake.
Dr. Afzal Jul 31, 2012 10:30am
Dr. Salam did for his country what his country did not do for him. For that he received the highest award of achievement. We Pakistanis have to sit down and think, once and for all, where we want to go. Reach the heights through self respect, honesty, sacrifice, hard work, sincerity, justice for all, etc. or stay the course of disaster and chaos. Wake up Pakistanis or there is NO LIGHT at the end of the tunnel.
Ali Jul 30, 2012 10:32pm
Pakistani Americans are devout Muslims, they are not extremist. they are one of the most educated people in American, they are doctors, Attorneys, business men, Scientists, Academicians, graduates from top American schools. Jannah is the vision that holds Muslims together, make them fast at work. Shun who ever creates divisiveness among Muslims. Islam isall what the prophet Muhammad knew in his 23 years, may be peace be upon him, rest is divisiveness. divisiveness is evil practice by its nature.
Ajaya K Dutt Jul 30, 2012 10:37pm
Sympathy is very modest word for those Muslims who stand against evil. My most humble reverence to them. It is just human to empathize for others; but it is divine to break out of the mold cast around you with pulpit pounders. Not just to break out and say "Tch, Tch; Too Bad"; but to go beyond it and stand against it; jeopardizing not only their own safety but that of kins also. I still hear with reverence about those Muslims who saved Hindu families during Partition. I still pray for those Hindus who lost their lives defending Sikhs in Delhi riots. I pray for those Sikhs who made sure that in spite of whatever, 1947 is not repeated with rivers of blood in the land of five rivers. I pray specifically in this holy month (of Shiv Puja).
Yemeen Zuberi Jul 30, 2012 10:51pm
For me all those who call themselves Shia, Sunni, Wahabi, Ahmedi, Deobandi, Barailvi, Shafai, Hambli, etc., etc., are doing a disservice to Islam. In fact by attaching oneself to a group, one closes the doors of dialogue on others. In other words the person has decided that he is the only one who is on the right path. This is an era of scientific studies, we can have issues, and we can resolve them through discussions and studies. Islam does not encourage blind faith. It encourages learning. Please do not forget that Prophet Muhammed (pbhu) released Kafir POWs, for free, on condition that each of them will teach Muslims how to read and write.
ram Jul 30, 2012 11:00pm
Ch Zafarullah khan....was Ahmadi...Jinnh saheb gave him great responsibility. He spoke 30 hrs in UNO for Kashmir Bhutto declared ahmadi as Non muslim....for political reasons....some say because there were 60 Generals in army and he was afraid of coup!
Abdus Salam Jul 30, 2012 11:03pm
Where do you get all this information from? Someone removed the word Muslim from his grave, and that is all. No one removed Muhammad from his name. He was always referred as Dr Abdus Salam. Please do some research.
Ishtiaq Jul 31, 2012 10:26am
My dear Friend! You are not a Pakistani Christian but a Pakistani. This is your land and you have to reclaim it from bigots who use religion to run their fiefdom.
Haider Jul 31, 2012 10:26am
When Dr. Abdus Salam requested Ayub Khan for establishing an institute for theoretical physics he was asked to talk to Shoaib (the then finance minister). After having long discussion with Shoaib, the finance minister was not happy with his idea. then Shoaib went to Ayub Khan and said " Whatever dr. Salam is saying is a multimillion rupee project and is too costly. With the same amount of money we can raise two batallions of Pakistan army." And batallion making process continues......................
Ali Jul 30, 2012 11:15pm
If you had done some more research, I am sure you would've known that he was awarded Nishan-e-Imtiaz in 1979. What more can a Pakistani ask for?
Mudabbir Jul 30, 2012 11:17pm
very well put
Ali Jul 30, 2012 11:29pm
Please we do not need opinions of outsiders on OUR country. You're not a Pakistani so kindly stop reminding us of our country's decline. Its our matter, and I'm sure we'll handle it. Pakistan should not be your concern. Go and fight against racism in your country.
Madan bansal Jul 30, 2012 11:35pm
After reading all these comments, I wonder, why all these active good people do not create revolution against these mullas and corrupt politician?
Muhammad Jul 30, 2012 11:41pm
What is the point you are trying to make here? I don't think there is any record of Abdus Salam talking wrongly or unethically about anyone.
Muhammad Jul 30, 2012 11:42pm
Why should we forget about one of the greatest men in Pakistani history?
Rahmat Jul 31, 2012 01:15am
What about SN Bose whose name the particle bears in addition to that of Higgs?
Abdul K. Jul 31, 2012 02:14am
...and you are, I suppose, the eyes of Allah, or else how would you know what the "eyes of Allah want?
Anes Jul 31, 2012 02:21am
Official recognition of the truly great man and a greater scientist would mean recognition of the educated. What does this land of the pure have to do with education. ? Take a good look at the law makers of our Country and we have our answer. Let Dr. Abdus Salam be. Calling him a Pakistani is an insult to this great and wonderful human being and a man of science
ssf Jul 31, 2012 02:23am
I was renewing my Pakistani passport where i had to delare the follwing, ( if not I would not get the Passport ) " c. I consider Mirza Ghulam Ahmed Quadiani to be an imposter nabi and also consier his followers whether belongoing to the Lahori or Quadiani group, to be Non- Muslim." What a nonsense to put in a govt document, its the height of narrow mindedness. Dr Salam was great man for Pakistan, very few for which Pakistan should be proud of.
Maqbool Ahmad Rana Jul 31, 2012 03:17am
Dr.Mohammad Abdus Salam Sahib, You got us respect as Nation with your hard work. Allah Bless your soul and give an honest eye to our nation to see our heros in every field. Pakistani is a Pankistani first and religion is a personal thing which is between the man and Allah. We should only see our contribution to our country. Till our nation is not going to work as Pakistani we wil not prosper. Love Pakistan.
Nasrullah Jul 31, 2012 03:40am
"Do not undermine the wisdom of Allah." " Sir please DO NOT UNDERMINE THE WISDOM OF CREATURE OF ALLAH." Salam sb is the Hero of this nation and pride of Pakistan and the whole world who have the courage to accept the wisdom admires his great achievements in the science.
Gomani Jul 31, 2012 04:02am
In all the discussions, not once did i say anyone say that the whole deal about ahmedis not being muslims is nonsensical and they are as paak a muslim as the next bearded dude.
Aqeel Haider Jul 31, 2012 04:11am
Pakistani Society is rigid and stubborn & our mindset is as if we are in stone age. Dr Abdus Salam was the greatest intellectual ever born in Pakistan but because of his religion he was not given the homage. Being a student I salute Dr. Abdus Salam from the core of my heart. People like him are jewels of nations!
waqas Jul 31, 2012 04:23am
Mr. Abdul Salam was a good scientist, But remember, he used to believe in other prophet. A person with these values cant be reckoned as a Muslim. Those in this forum who are sympathizing him for not getting right protocol can blame the system of Pakistan who didn't give him the right treatment but it had nothing to do with the Islam. Islam always gives rights to the humankind and is a religion of peace. An act of individual cant be make symbol of all the Muslim community (as many of you are mentioning).
Aik-Paki Jul 31, 2012 04:27am
@ansari I have been on the faculty of Electronics/Physics at QAU during 1990's and we had the same tea room for Physics and Electronics Professors where we spend > an hour daily. For your information more than 60% faculty members in Physics Department were Ahmadi at that time and that may also be one of the contributions of A. Salam. Tell the truth man.
Shahbaz Khan Jul 31, 2012 04:42am
Your asking for Muslims to be miserable while the non Muslims to be not miserable. All of you who gave this a thumbs up are also very smart. I wonder what you will say when the angels ask you in the grave " Who is your God?" and "What is your religion?" etc. I ask you to please please recite what you have written here there.
magus Jul 31, 2012 04:58am
The joke is on those who put this in the passport application. They are perpetuating the name of the man they revile. Quite like the 'denouncements' the chinese, soviets and north korean dissdents had to make.
magus Jul 31, 2012 05:00am
If you are a student and a seeker of knowledge, i really worry for the future
magus Jul 31, 2012 05:04am
Zavia, you are right. Dr Abdus Salam (NOT Mohammed Abdus Salam) didn't even know the basics the Nobel prize etc given by ignorant people means nothing at all for such a man
itrat Jul 31, 2012 05:08am
We are talking about Abdus Salam . Everyone revered z.a bhutto and accepts him as a great political leader but not Dr. Abdus Salam ,
Khalid Minhaz Jul 31, 2012 05:37am
Jahil - complete Jahil. Pakistanis given their small mentality deserve to live in stone age, which they actually do live in.
magus Jul 31, 2012 06:02am
Shahbaz, are you saying that Muslims will be miserable in Pakistan if they are sent back? And that non muslims will be happier out of Pakistan? Are you feeling alright, or do you have a sense of humor?
Rizwan ul hasan khan Jul 31, 2012 06:41am
A great article and wonderful acceptance of Pakistanis for the Great Scientist. A great discussion about him , to be kept in a library..We all should be thankful to Dawn to provide us such a nice piece of work.
waheed Jul 31, 2012 06:44am
I do not think so, May be or may not be, I know very little about Hassan Nisar, a few articles read only, Seen him talking on TV sometimes, he over reacts, impose to be ALLAMA.... over obsessed of desperateness.
waheed Jul 31, 2012 06:55am
I have observed that educate classes in Pakistan are more moderate, progressive, tolerant, peace loving whereas, semi/low educated from Madrissa , mullah effected, are more prejudice, extremists and narrow minded. Education system in Pakistan has produced 3-4 classes and promoted sense of deprivation . In fact, this all was preplanned scheme by USA/military dictators/S.Arabia to promote sectarian based religious classes to counter Communism. Results::: Pakistan nation as whole is facing the music today.
BakkaLohar Jul 31, 2012 11:17am
Please give them an opportunity to transform our ignorant masses and bigot mullas. Mr Khan needs to tread carefully and if given a chance I'm sure the day will come when religious intolerant will be diminished.
Dr. Fazal-Ur-Rehman Jul 31, 2012 07:02am
my dear brothers & sisters most important and precious thing in this world is EMAN WHAT IS EMAN? God is One and Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) is the last Prophet, without this Faith (IMAN) if you got 700 Noble Prizes after Death they will remain in this world (Purposeless) only Iman will accompany the human being after death, (Think about it) Allah Umma Ihdinasiratul Mustakeem (thats why we receit this verse in every Rakat of Namaz
Pakistani Jul 31, 2012 07:09am
What a Brain but wasted because of his beliefs.
AbuMischa Jul 31, 2012 07:11am
Rahmat: Boson is a generic name applied to classify all elementary particles which have integer spin, a quantum number. If you look into the Particle Data Group, particle physicists handbook, you will find literally hundreds of bosons listed there. Satyendranath Bose was a great scientist. His work has triggered entirely new directions in an area of physics called condensed matter physics. However, apart from the fact that the Higgs particle discovered at CERN , generically speaking, is also a Boson, there is no connection between the mathematics developed by Peter Higgs in 1964 (and others) and employed subsequently by Steven Weinberg (1967) and Abdus Salam (1968), in writing a self-consistent theory of electroweak interactions.
NOMI Jul 31, 2012 07:20am
Waqas Its not act of an individual its act of a nation as national assembly pass a resolution to declare him non Muslim and after that every institute / government in a MUSLIM Country breaching the rights of a Human. Leave it what was his religion / beliefs treat him a PAKISTANI a true PAKISTANI who died as Pakistani and buried in his own soil. Why he is not given respect he deserve as PAKISTANI NOBEL LAUREATE???????? Thinks on this...................
NOMI Jul 31, 2012 07:27am
Nations who forget there hero Dies ......... and we do not want to Die mam. He get the Nobel Price for Pakistan. DID ANY ONE ELSE CAN GET THIS LAND MARK FOR PAKISTAN????? So why dont we not remember our Hero??????
NOMI Jul 31, 2012 07:36am
THEN bro why we give tribute to thousands of NON MUSLIM scientist ???????? Why we discuss them in our education books ??????? Lets scratch them from every book we have and lets go to Stone age/ suicide bombers paradise and also let forget true ISLAM.............
Gerry D'Cunha Jul 31, 2012 08:14am
Albie, I fully agree with your comments.well I am too a Pakistani Christian and living in the UK ,country build on Christian Values in supporting other religions, reading each day of religious intolerance in Pakistan, I hate to say Pakistan is the worst country for anyone who's not Muslim. I am too Thankful for my lord Jesus Christ I am living In UK and pray for my fellow Christians that they too may get chance to leave the country and leave in peace.
GMC Jul 31, 2012 08:18am
They should also be asked to tear down Sondhi Fountain and his name from Government College too. Oh yes, also tear down Ganga Ram Hospital as it must have hurt religious sentiments of intolerants like you. And if you get sick, please refuse treatment at a hospital as they were discovered by Kuffars too and ask to be treated according to Bu Ali Seena's prescriptions. And get off this thing called computer and internet, this is also an invention of kuffars.......
Qulik Jul 31, 2012 11:08am
Thank you sir thank you.A tear drops and from it a flower shall bloom.
Gerry D'Cunha Jul 31, 2012 08:39am
What do one expect from a country and its people who have forgotten their hero/genious person because of his religious background. In todays time, if the founder Quaid-e-Azam was alive, surely he would have been called 'kafir' and put behind bars.
Sergio Jul 31, 2012 08:43am
Perhaps you could read the article again and then answer your own questions.
anees Jul 31, 2012 08:43am
Didn't you find any other useful topic to write on?
Laeeq , NY Jul 31, 2012 09:26am
I must add that he was the destroyer of the economy of Pakistan through his " Roti,Kapra, Makan" slogan. It was the biggest blunder of his politics for which country is still paying for. He was a socialist, but bowed to the wishes of Mullahs to declare Ahmadis non Muslims. This was a fatal mistake committed by him which eventually came back to grab his throat and became his demise. Instead of taming the monsters of marshal laws and bringing the army to obey the constitution, he compromised with mullahs . And you know the rest of the story.
asim mehmood Jul 31, 2012 03:37pm
Great man for all hatred for none
danish Jul 31, 2012 03:43pm
I feel so lucky and proud that I have the honor of meeting 2 greatest people of Pakistan. Abdus Salam and Sattar Edhi. I was in 9th grade (1989) when I met Dr Salam in his lab. It was a school trip. And I promised that when I will grew up, will do good work for science and country like he is doing. And 6 years back, I reached out to Sattar Edhi for an interview. And he talked to me and my friends for 60mins, recapping his life. WOW! thank you Dawn for reminding me those 2 days.
danish Jul 31, 2012 03:52pm
"Purposeless world".. height of cost and benefit analysis!
waheed Jul 31, 2012 05:50pm
we should make our beloved country only and only "Jinnah ka Pakistan." we should negate/oppose Bhutto ka Pakistan, Zardari ka Pakistan, Zia ka Pakistan, Moulvi ka Pakistan. etc. etc.
Tariq Ali Jul 31, 2012 06:10pm
This shameful for Bhuto and Zia and for their l legacy.
Khaqan Bhatti Jul 31, 2012 07:01pm
My Dear Sir,Muslim are not ready to offer prayers after one imam in India and Pakistan1..How could they have voted togather as one in combined India
ROHIT PANDEY Jul 31, 2012 07:53pm
Let me boast about Indian contribution to discovery of God's particle? Satyendra Nath Bose , S Chandrasekhar ( born in Lahore in pre partition India) and Salam's associate...JOGESH PATI!!!
ROHIT PANDEY Jul 31, 2012 07:55pm
Highly likely.
ROHIT PANDEY Jul 31, 2012 07:58pm
Well said!
ROHIT PANDEY Jul 31, 2012 08:02pm
Good idea,,,,,,Mohammed Ali Jinnah wanted the same thing - a secular Pakistan. Pakistan's first national anthem was written by a man called Jagannath Azad, a Hindu,after Jinnah requested him.
Ali Jul 31, 2012 08:12pm
Lets put it this way:To appreciate Abdus Salam there was no need to compare him with Abdul Qadeer Khan-Thats very well put!
ROHIT PANDEY Jul 31, 2012 09:18pm
That is the point....and often times about Indian Muslims as well!
ROHIT PANDEY Jul 31, 2012 09:20pm
I think you are right...thank god for partition!
Rahul Jul 31, 2012 09:26pm
A country is bound to fail when their citizens gives priority to their religion over their country
Sure Kant Aug 01, 2012 02:52am
Shame on you, Dr M M Khan. You should have protested and insisted Dr Salam was indeed a good Muslim who brought fame to Pakistan, unlike the mullahs who have brought nothing but infamy and the curse of hell to this blighted country. The entire world, including other Muslims nations, hate Pakistan and Pakistanis. Ask Pakistani expats in the Gulf!!! Indians are treated far better there.
Sure Kant Aug 01, 2012 02:54am
He is another religious bigot!
Sure Kant Aug 01, 2012 02:55am
His brain was not wasted; it was Pakistan that has been laid to waste by the bigots.
Not a Rehman Aug 01, 2012 03:23am
Dr. Sahib, Just Faith does not make things right, one has to read, debate and think.... I am not sure how much of that was done when you placed this advise. Celebrating a Pakistanis achievement has nothing to do with faith or ISLAM or any other religious or religion... simply a Pakistani who brought honor to our country should and MUST be celebrated otherwise we are not a QOUM and would PERISH... Your comments are shocking especially since you are a Dr. By the way if someone got 701 Nobels they would most certainly count....
Muneeb Aug 01, 2012 04:35am
why should ahamdies change thier names religion not a property who one hijack
amjad Chaudhry Aug 01, 2012 01:02pm
I notice current situation in Pakistan in this article: “Ninety-eight per cent of people in this country are Muslim but still they are insecure and intolerant to the two-per cent minority,” We have to give up Corruption and lean toward Justice. Pakistan's problem will be solved.
Sohail Aug 01, 2012 05:21pm
Had Qaid-e-azam been alive to see his services for the science and technology , Dr.Salam would had been the cheif scientist of Pakistan. Such was the stature of Dr. Salam and such was the vision of our founder. Over the years the school curriculum (and to an extent the religiously biased nurture at home) have severly maligned the thought process of our people. The sickness is such that a non-educated and non-contributing muslim is enjoying more respect and say than someone who is extremly eduacted and far more contributive only because he/she is a non muslim or not considered muslim in a coventional sense. I wonder what could be lower than this when we talk of moral pricipals and justice in society.
Eddied Aug 02, 2012 01:15am
In case anyone was wondering Ali, you are demonstrating to all of us exactly what religious fanaticism and intolerance sounds like...
H.B Aug 02, 2012 05:22am
Fundamentalist mind in Pakistan is advocating some thing which is so horrific , disgusting and has become a cause of non functioning system in Pakistan.--- that is a verdict to kill anybody on the name of religion without remorse. **Janey kab kon kisey mar they kafar keh kar **Shehr ka Shehr Musliman Huwa Phirta hey Injustice to one would spread epidemically to swallow the entire nation---and we are witness to that. It is true, "every section of the society is now suffering" His contribution to humanity by scientific break through in theoretical physics should inspire every educated mind.
Tathagat Aug 02, 2012 07:09am
This is clearly a news to many residing in the sub-continent. Reading the article and then comments made us realise the gems that our neighbour has brought up in the field of science and technology. May their tribe prosper and those who call such eminent scientists heretics realise their follies.
masoud Aug 03, 2012 11:40pm
Most educated Pakistanis are respectful of others faith,themselves not necessarily secular.Sad thing is that a true Muslim respects and safeguards a non Muslim as his duty in a Muslim country..But these days so called mullahs/Talibans do not know what Islam is! they are uneducated Saudi indoctrinated mouth pieces,and intolerant killers.
Raj Aug 06, 2012 03:54am
And what is your and your so called pure pakistani muslim's contribution towards electronics / physics reasearch ?? BIG ZERO. Be human first good or bad.