PAKISTAN: Is Dr. Abdus Salam – a Nobel Laureate or persona non grata?
Posted by Abdul Alim
Asian Human Rights Commission: Contributors: Baseer Naweed & Stewart Sloan
“The Holy Quran enjoins us to reflect on the verities of Allah’s created laws of nature; however, that our generation has been privileged to glimpse a part of His design is a bounty and a grace for which I render thanks with a humble heart.” Mohammad Abdus Salam
The issue of Ahmadi’s in Pakistan appears to be more important than honouring the life of the country’s only Nobel Laureate.
Dr. Abdus Salam passed away on November 21, 1996 in England at the age of 70. He was the country’s only Nobel Laureate and won the prize in 1979 for his work in theoretical physics and for his discovery of the ‘God’ particle. Dr. Salam was the first Pakistani and the first and only Muslim to receive a Nobel Prize in Physics. He contributed heavily to the rise of Pakistan to the physics community of the world.
Sadly, instead of honouring a son of the country the government is ignoring the call for tributes to appease the religious extremists because Dr. Salam was an Ahmadi.
It was during Zia-ul-Haq’s oppressive rule when Ahmadis 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.
(PHOTO: The house once inhabited by Dr. Salam, once a national treasure and now in disrepair. The plaque shown in this picture has now been removed.)