‘Father of Pakistan’s bomb’ A.Q. Khan dies at 85

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2013, file photo, Pakistan's nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan waves to supporters in Islamabad, Pakistan. Known as the father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb, Khan, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021 following a lengthy illness. He was 85. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash, File)

The atomic scientist was hailed as a national hero for transforming his country into the world’s first Islamic nuclear power, but regarded by the West as a dangerous renegade responsible for smuggling technology to rogue states.

He died after being transferred to the KRL Hospital in Islamabad with lung problems.

Khan had been admitted to the same hospital in August with Covid-19, it said. After being permitted to return home several weeks ago, he was transferred back after his condition deteriorated.

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