Father of the Pakistan’s nuclear programme, Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, accepted offer of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan to become patron of the party, denying to accept any office.
The cricketer-turned-politician invited nuclear scientist to patronize his political party, which is widely seen as an emerging new force in political spectrum. Imran Khan made the offer during an hour-long one-on-one sitting with the scientist.
The two discussed the challenges confronting the country in detail and agreed to work together to make the country successful.
Instead of holding an office, the scientist while speaking to the media said he would render moral support for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
The nuclear scientist, who is respected in the country as national hero, asked the former cricket-captain to come up with a comprehensive plan for the development and prosperity of the country. He observed, “Taking two or three wickets on a single ball will no longer work,”
Dr. Qadeer noted that all the political parties had destroyed Pakistan and the Tehreek-e-Insaf was a ray of hope, adding that he would provide his support for the PTI if need arose.
The scientist, known as the father of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme, said that it was necessary to get rid of political corruption to put the country on the right track.
The nuclear hero spent years under virtual house detention in Islamabad during the regime of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf after he publicly admitted in 2004 on state-run television to having passed nuclear secrets to some countries.
Dr Qadeer has been criticizing him for his campaign against Nawaz Sharif and other political leaders. On this, the cricket-turned politician said he would address all the reservations of the national hero, requesting him to patronize the PTI.
While briefing the media, Imran Khan said that people like Dr Khan should join the PTI (Pakistan Justice Movement) to resolve national problems.
He further said both the PPP and PML-N had made the people fool and plundered national wealth. Pakistani people have now fully realized the dramas being played with them by the two parties, he underscored.
He said if the present rulers remained at the helm of affairs for few more months, there would be a flood of inflation, unemployment and other crises.