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Every one remembers Dr. Abdus Salam – except Pakistan. (Deutsche Welle, Germany)

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Pakistan remains silent about its only Nobel Laureate Abdus Salam and his contribution to the recent discovery of the ‘God particle’ because the late scientist belonged to the ‘heretic’ Ahmadiyya sect.

Internationally, Professor Abdus Salam is known for his outstanding contribution to Physics and his groundbreaking work that led to the discovery of the so-called God Particle, but in Pakistan, where the late Nobel Laureate was born, Dr. Salam is a heretic, whose name has been removed from all text books.

Salam’s crime was that despite being a genius in the field of science, he was a member of the Ahmadiyya minority. The sect was declared non-Muslims by the Pakistani legislators in the 1973 constitution as part of its Islamization process. Thus, Pakistan disowned its only Nobel laureate.

Salam did initial work on particle physics that contributed to the Higgs boson discovery
“The Pakistani right wing is silent about Salam and the Higgs boson connection because it believes the discovery would support the scientist and the Ahmadiyyas,” Amin Mughal, a London-based scholar, told DW.

Constitutional discrimination

The Islamization of Pakistan, which began during former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s government in the 1970s, culminated in the 1980s under the former military dictator General Zia-ul-Haq’s Islamist regime. It was during Haq’s oppressive rule when Ahmadiyyas (also known as Qadianis in Pakistan) were banned from calling themselves Muslim and building their mosques in the Islamic Republic. Their places of worship were shut down or desecrated by hard-line Islamist with the support of the state.

Ahmadiyyas, who believe the messiah Ghulam Ahmed lived after the Prophet Muhammad, insist they are Muslim and demand as much right to practice their faith in Pakistan as other people.

Islam determines most things in Pakistan

Baseer Naveed, senior researcher at the Asian Human Rights Commission in Hong Kong, told DW that the Pakistani state did not want to upset the fundamentalist sections of society by associating itself with an Ahmadiyya scientist.
“It is to appease Muslim fundamentalists and right wing parties. More so, it is to appease Saudi Arabia. The Pakistani state is more interested in carrying on with its policy of hatred rather than taking pride in Abdus Salam’s contributions,” said Naveed.

However, Mughal believes the issue is more political than religious.

“Until recently, Ahmadis were a relatively strong group within the Pakistani establishment. The dominant Sunni groups felt threatened by them and axed them out of the state affairs,” said Mughal.

‘The Islamic bomb’

Naveed pointed out that it seemed impossible for academics, scientists, writers and researchers to be declared national heroes in Pakistan.

“Only warriors and usurpers are glorified,” said Naveed.

Dr. Khan is a hero for many Pakistanis

Pakistan’s “science hero” happens to be the infamous Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan’s atomic bomb – referred to by Pakistani right-wing groups as the “Islamic bomb.”

In 2004, Khan publicly confessed that he transferred the nuclear technology to countries like Iran and North Korea. Though the notorious scientist was put under house arrest by former military dictator Pervez Musharraf, Khan is still hailed by the many in Pakistan as country’s ‘savior.’

Pakistan’s liberal scholars say that the state takes more pride in and invests more money in developing missiles and nuclear warheads than in promoting actual scientific research.

“Research in scientific development has almost stopped in the country,” said Naveed, adding that only jihadist ideas and teachings are flourishing in Pakistan. “Most researchers from minority religious sects have already left the country, and those who are still in Pakistan are worried about their lives,” he said.

Author: Shamil Shams
Editor: Sarah Berning

Source: Deutsche Welle http://www.dw.de/dw/article/0,,16133301,00.html

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4 Responses to Every one remembers Dr. Abdus Salam – except Pakistan. (Deutsche Welle, Germany)

  1. MNA KHAN

    August 1, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Actually Pakistan is country of Miss-fortune.It is sidetracked by the original vision of its founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The theocracy which was basically against the vision of Quaid-E-Azam and even was against Tehreek-E-Pakistan get hold after the death of Quaid-E=Azam.This theocratic mentality made this country a state of Denial and Hatred.Religion is politicized here and now they even can not own their own Hero due to this negative mentality.
    This behavior isolated the country from all other world.

  2. M.S.K,

    August 2, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I have just read this posting with a heavy heart. It makes me weep loudly, but cannot, because of unthinkable things all around.What a strange, irrational, nonsense/shameful is the attitude of the rulers of the birth-place country of the Nobel prized Physicist of Pakistan, whom the whole world knows by his name, as Dr. Abdus Salam and also knows his genius by the works he performed in his scientific laboratories, from which have come out, continuously, outstanding scientific discoveries and predictions, only to be proved true even after 16 years of his passing away from this mundane world. But what a shamelessness and irresponsible is the attitude of the half-baked politicians and ill-educated rulers that complete silence was observed regarding the latest CERN announcement of God-particle, due to which, more and more world-wide praise and honor is being showered on Dr. Salam, because, the whole world of science and the three thousand scientists working in Geneva CERN laboratory, called LHC, (Large Hadran Clloider) were thrilled when they themselves saw the outcome/result of the laboratory experiment, which proved the prediction of Dr. Salam as true. But alas, this was no ‘news’ for the Pakistani rulers or its print media, merely because Mullah or clerics had called Dr. Salam as non-muslim. What a funny and fantastically foolish thinking.
    Let us ponder over this foolish act of a parliament, called the National Assembly of Pakistan, which made a in 1974, declaring the Ahmadiyya sect as non-Muslim,an infamous act, never thought or done by political assemblies anywhere in the world’s past history.
    Here let it be made clear to all that those who think one’s religion can be decided or determined by politicians sitting in the Assemblies, and thus no one should be given the right to express and practice his faith according to his own ‘zamir’ or human conscienceness. All civilized people believe that to uphold human conscience is the most basic and fundamental right of all human beings. If this right is denied, no person can live a life like human being and without this right you can not lead or live a purposeful life as desired by God Almighty in the last of all Sharia religion, religion of the Books of God. Ahmadis believe in this version of Islamic faith that it gives this inalienable right to all the believers of Islam and practice their faith with their basic right of freedom to human conscience.
    All those who do not believe in this natural dogma of human entity, actually forfeit their right to decide their faith them-selves. They practically give this basic right to the politicians/ assemblies and thus they stand committing themselves as ‘non-muslim’. Ahmadis believe it is they, themselves, who have to name their religion, just like one names his own father. This is what seems to be natural and the only way inevitable for all human beings to believe and practice.All praise to God for having blessed mankind with the Islamic faith as final ‘deen’, a way of life, for all, as purposeful and ‘ba-maqsad zindgi’.Alhamdolillah
    Anyhow, on this august, history creating occasion of July 4, 2012, we all the saber and serious responsible sons and daughters of the soil and the pure, pak citizens of the Republic of Pakistan, feel it most patriotic duty to express our heart-felt greetings and congratulations to the soul and spirit of our dear, most respected Dr. Abdus Salam, (in the world hereafter/in the last resting place at Rabwah, called ‘Bahishti Maqbara’)and assure his lofty soul/spirit that his ‘labor of love’ works in the world of Sc.& Tech. will continue to inspire the new generations of the Third World Countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America, and they will further your dreams to make modern Science serves the lives of the poor people and they also live happy peaceful life, a life also full of Glory of God Almighty,in future, for all the to come. InshaAllah.

  3. Dr Abdul Bary Malik MBE

    August 2, 2012 at 10:40 am

    “Sachai chhup nahin sakty banawat ke usulon se”, Sadly Pakistan has lost its direction and is moving rapidly towards desaster.its rulers, teachers, judges, journalists, inteligencia and other influential elements have no guts to be honest, challenge fanatics and show respect to other people’s believes. Dr Abdus Salam’s name will always be remembered by the whole world. Insha Allah.

  4. Dr. Mutteeullah Matiullah Dard

    August 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Prof. DR. Sir Abdus Salam, the ONLY Ahmadiyya Muslim Pakistani Nobel Laureate, renowned Physicist “THE MOON OF SCIENTIFIC ISLAM-a humble Ahmadi Muslim tried all through his beneficial life to PROVE, scientifically, THE EVERLASTING VERACIOUS VERITIES OF ALL AGES embedded in the HOLY QURAN and was CROWNED WITH SUCCESS & ACCOLADE RECOGNISED BY TOP WORLD “NOBEL LAUREATES” around the Globe-his legacy in ITALY-ABDUS SALAM INSTITUTE OF THEORETICAL PHYSICS IS TRAINING MANY GREAT SCIENTISTS TO BENEFIT MANKIND UNDER THE U N E S C O. I believe ALLAH sent ABDUS SALAM to MANIFEST THE VERACITY OF THE PROMISED MESSIAH HADHRAT MIRZA GHULAM AHMAD TO ESTABLISH THE LINK WITH THE LIVING ALLAH OF ISLAM INTRODUCED BY MY BELOVED HADHRAT MUHAMMAD,SAW-MERCY FOR MANKIND,INDEED.SUCH MANIFESTATIONS OF “LIVING ALLAH” ARE BEING SHOWN THROUGH THE KHILAFAT E AHMADIYYA, OUR BELOVED KHALIFA TUL MASIH HADHRAT MIRZA MASROOR AHMAD IN THE PRESENT AGE CONTINUOUSLY SHOWERING THE BLESSED HEAVENLY SCENT OF THE “SLAVE OF MUHAMMAD” on humanity around the WORLD.Unfortunately, some prejudiced Pakistanis are trying their level best to DIM & ERASE the BIGHTEST MOON OF SCIENCE OF PAKISTAN but they have FAILED MISERABLY. In fact their SILENCE & IGNORING has become an impetus for ABDUS SALAM’S much more talked about GENIUS than would have been otherwise!
    MUHAMMAD ABDUS SALAM-AN AHMADI MUSLIM-THE ONLY “MUSLIM” PHYSICIST WILL (INSHA ALLAH) SHINE EVEN MUCH MORE BRILLIANTLY IN FUTURE AS THE WORLD WOULD,SOON,ACCEPT & PROCLAIM, THE “WAHID” THE ONLY ONE -FORCE-ALLAH THE ALMIGHTY WITH HIS INNUMERABLE
    MOST BEAUTIFUL ATTRIBUTES! SUBHAN ALLAH WABE HAMDE HE SUBHAN ALLAH AL AZEEM!!