0610 GMT October 28, 2021
The atomic scientist died in the capital, Islamabad, where he had recently been hospitalized with COVID-19, the Guardian reported.
Khan died after being transferred with lung problems to the city’s KRL Hospital, the state-run broadcaster PTV reported.
He had been admitted to the same hospital in August with COVID-19. After returning home several weeks ago, he was rushed back after his condition deteriorated.
Khan was hailed as a national hero for transforming Pakistan into the world’s first Islamic nuclear weapons power and strengthening its clout against rival and fellow nuclear-armed India.
The news of Khan’s death sparked an outpouring of grief and praise for his legacy.
“Deeply saddened by the passing of Dr AQ Khan,” tweeted Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, stressing how loved the nuclear scientist had been within the country because of “his critical contribution in making us a nuclear weapon state”.
“For the people of Pakistan he was a national icon.”
At his request, the scientist will be buried at Islamabad’s Faisal Mosque, said the prime minister.