Abdul Qadeer Khan, revered as the daddy of Pakistan’s nuclear weapon program, died at 85 at a hospital in Islamabad early Sunday after a chronic sickness.

Whereas Khan was hailed as a nationwide hero for making Pakistan the world’s first Islamic nuclear energy, the West accused him of smuggling nuclear know-how to Iran, Libya and North Korea.

The Pakistani Inside Ministry introduced Sunday that “state funeral shall be accorded” to Khan and the nationwide flag of Pakistan shall fly at half-staff. The Pakistani authorities additionally introduced funeral providers for Khan would happen with full official recognition and that prime civilian leaders in addition to heads of the nation’s armed providers can be in attendance.

Prime Minister Imran Khan stated he was “deeply saddened” by the passing of the scientist, calling him a “nationwide icon” for Pakistanis.

“He was cherished by our nation due to his vital contribution in making us a nuclear weapon state,” Khan tweeted. “This has supplied us safety towards an aggressive a lot bigger nuclear neighbour,” he wrote whereas referring to Pakistan’s arch-rival, India.

The deceased Pakistani scientist held a doctorate in metallurgical engineering from the Catholic College of Leuven in Belgium.

Khan labored at a nuclear analysis facility within the Netherlands earlier than returning to Pakistan within the Nineteen Seventies, allegedly with stolen centrifuge uranium enrichment know-how to allow his nation to change into a nuclear weapons energy, based on the U.S.-based Carnegie Endowment for Worldwide Peace.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars and carried out tit-for-tat nuclear weapons assessments in Might 1998, elevating fears of a nuclear change within the occasion of one other struggle.

Khan confessed on state-run Pakistani tv in 2004 he was operating a proliferation community with out the information of the federal government. He was later pardoned by then-military president Pervez Musharraf, however remained below home arrest for years in his dwelling within the Pakistani capital.

The confession stemmed from an in depth U.S. investigation into his alleged unlawful community, bringing Islamabad below worldwide strain to take motion towards Khan, who later stated in an interview that he was scapegoated.

Khan’s home arrest led to February 2009 below a courtroom order, however his actions have been strictly monitored each time he left his dwelling, restrictions Pakistani authorities maintained have been put in place due to safety threats to the scientist.