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I transferred N-technology to two countries on Benazir’s orders: AQ Khan

September 17, 2012 Leave a comment
Saturday, September 15, 2012 From Print Edition

ISLAMABAD: Benazir Bhutto had asked for the transfer of nuclear technology to two countries that she had named, said Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, the renowned nuclear scientist who is regarded as the father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb, in an interview with The News/ Jang. Responding to different questions, Dr A Q Khan said that the transfer of nuclear technology was not so easy that one could put it into his pocket and hand it over to another country. “At least 800 people are used to supervise the process. The-then prime minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto summoned me and named the two countries which were to be assisted and issued clear directions in this regard,” Khan said. “I was not independent but was bound to abide by the orders of the prime minister, hence I did take this step in compliance with her order. The prime minister would have certainly known about the role and cooperation of the two countries, mentioned by her, in our national interest,” he explained. Dr A Q Khan said that Nawaz Sharif, who now claims credit for the nuclear tests and tries to become a hero, was absolutely not ready to conduct the nuclear tests and did not want to do so because of the fear that the United States might be annoyed and his government might be threatened. He said through some of his aides, who were also his (Qadeer’s) friends, Nawaz Sharif tried to convince him to win international sympathy by staying silent in response to the Indian nuclear tests. “But I made it clear that if he did so, I shall put the facts before the media. After this, Mian Nawaz Sharif was compelled to conduct the nuclear tests,” he said. The noted nuclear scientist said the delay in the decision by Mian Nawaz Sharif had paved the way for international pressure on Pakistan. “Had he immediately decided to respond to India, there would have been no time to pressurise Pakistan whereas we had made it clear that we can conduct nuclear tests on a notice of half-an-hour.” Dr Khan said today some people were making efforts and even telling lies to claim credit for achieving nuclear capability but they were not being asked whether any country or personality had credited them with the development of the atomic bomb or accepted their status in this regard. In response to a question, Dr Khan said he had many expectations from Imran Khan but was disappointed after a few meetings with him, as his political thoughts were still immature and those pinning hopes on him would be let down. He opined that Imran Khan does cosmetics politics. As a resident of the area, Dr Khan has made the last sector of the federal capital, along the Margalla Hills and its beautiful road, respectable for the residents. The security measures in the surroundings have definitely created a little mystery but when the people are told that the father of the country’s nuclear bomb Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan lives here, a devotion to this environment also makes way into their hearts. Although, years have passed since he achieved the feat of making the motherland the first nuclear power of the Islamic world, Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan is still the heartbeat of the living nation. His achievement is acknowledged not only in Pakistan but also throughout the world. All foreign dignitaries who met with Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan till 2000 mentioned him as a personality that made a great achievement for Pakistan and he earned immense acknowledgement and appreciation in the Muslim Ummah as the father of the nuclear bomb. About the drone attacks in the tribal areas, Dr Khan said these were being carried out with the consent of the political leadership and the military. “The political leadership is responsible for the drone attacks in the tribal areas while the military too cannot be absolved of the responsibility because it swears to protect the soil and frontiers of the country but it is not abiding by its oath by not stopping the drone attacks on the soil of the country,” he argued. “There is no need to order the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in this regard. If we provide indigenously-developed shoulder-fired small missiles to tribesmen, they will shoot down the drone aircraft. This is wrong to say that drone planes cannot be downed,” he opined. Dr Khan, who is also known worldwide as AQ Khan, said that only poor and innocent citizens are being killed in attacks by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). He argued that if terrorists were being killed in these attacks, why were their bodies not being shown to the media? He said the United States would not withdraw from Afghanistan completely, but would maintain its real strength there. “The US agenda regarding Pakistan is very clear. It wants to divide Pakistan and wants to limit the country merely to the Punjab. The US wants to get a no-war pact signed with India after naming the Punjab as Pakistan whereas we should improve relations with and adopt a friendly attitude towards India, instead of signing a no-war pact with her,” Dr Khan said. Dr Khan said that Pakistan’s relations with India were heading in the right direction nowadays. He said Pakistan should promote friendly relations with India while sticking to its stance. He said he does not want to play a role in national politics but has launched the Tehrik Tahaffuz-e-Pakistan party to protect the country. He said he does not want to assume power, rather he wants to bring good and clean people in power. He said that President Asif Ali Zardari was even far ahead of General Ziaul Haq and had badly beaten Mian Nawaz Sharif in the political arena. He said a government, which has a democratic face and acts upon the dictates of the United States like the present government, is highly suitable to Washington. About the political situation in the country, Dr Khan said that whereas the government was definitely responsible for the present unrest, lawlessness and instability in the country, the opposition too was equally responsible for it. He was of the view that the political ineptness, lack of strategy and wrong decisions on the part of Mian Nawaz Sharif had a a major role in making President Asif Ali Zardari so strong. Nawaz cooperated with President Zardari under the Charter of Democracy of Benazir Bhutto he had signed in London. “He believed that the government of Asif Ali Zardari will last just a few months or a maximum two years and then he will be the only successor. Because of the same confidence and misunderstanding, he did not even get his share for extending cooperation and did not demand the offices of the prime minister, speakership of the National Assembly or the office of the Senate chairman,” he opined. Dr Khan said Nawaz Sharif started waiting for the fall of Asif Ali Zardari-led government after getting power in the Punjab only whereas he should have formed the government with the PML-Q and MQM and parliamentarians from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Maulana Fazlur Rahman would have automatically joined him. But, he said, the PML-N chief weakened himself and strengthened Asif Ali Zardari by displaying a lack of political wisdom. Regarding the general elections, Dr Khan said the stance of the Supreme Court that it had closed all doors for the army to come into power was meaningless because if the army wants, it can assume power and then it could also create a justification for assuming power and constitutional protections. If the army wants, he added, it could also hold elections on scheduled time. “When the aircraft of General Ziaul Haq had met an accident, the chief of the army of the time had decided to hold elections in the country without delay of even a moment. He reached Islamabad from Bahawalpur and decided to make Ghulam Ishaq Khan president of the country and directed the chief election commissioner of the time, Justice (retd) Nusrat Mirza, by summoning him to the Army House the same night to make preparations for holding elections in the country,” Dr A Q Khan recalled. “Some quarters had advised him to put off the elections, saying that in this way Benazir Bhutto may come into power. On this, Aslam Beg said that if the people wanted the rule of a woman in the country, then who we are to stop them,” he added. Dr Khan said General (retd) Pervez Musharraf presented him before the masses as a criminal to turn him from hero to zero to please the United States. He said the military ruler sent Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and S M Zafar, who took him to Musharraf. He said Musharraf told him that the United States wanted to clamp sanctions on Pakistan’s nuclear programme and for the purpose, she was making a justification of the alleged involvement of the Pakistan government in nuclear proliferation and she could get Pakistan declared a terrorist state by raising the issue in the UN Security Council. “General (retd) Pervez Musharraf paid me glowing tributes, lauded my services for the nuclear programme and requested me that if you accept the responsibility of nuclear proliferation as a personal act, our nuclear programme may be saved and I did the same. But in fact Musharraf wanted to please the United States for prolonging his rule and the same happened,” he said. Dr A Q Khan said the nuclear programme of the country was currently 100 percent safe, but if any dictator assumed power tomorrow, nothing could be said about the safety of the nuclear programme.

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Vehicles that run on air

August 8, 2012 1 comment

Vehicles that run on air

Vehicles that run on air

Kash Raja Sahib………کاش راجہ صاحب

July 27, 2012 Leave a comment

New gadget that controls a car’s functions with just a wink or a nod of the driver’s head

July 23, 2012 Leave a comment


Engineers have come up with a whole new way driving using just facial expressions after creating a gadget that controls a car’s functions using nods and winks. The infra-red sensor is mounted on the dash board and recognises the driver’s facial expression to control the car. A computer concealed inside the car translates the gestures which corresponds to a list of commands for the radio, Sat Nav, heating and mobile phone.

Facial recognition: Driver Amy Benville, 23, tests out the gadget by tilting her head to the left to turn the volume of the radio up Facial recognition: Driver Amy Benville, 23, tests out the gadget by tilting her head to the left to turn the volume of the radio up
Cool rider: Drivers can adjust their air conditioning by raising and lowering their hand above the gear stick Cool rider: Drivers can adjust their air conditioning by raising and lowering their hand above the gear stick
Hans Roth, director of technology at Harman which designed the system, said the device is only two or three years away from hitting the roadsHans Roth, director of technology at Harman which designed the system, said the device is only two or three years away from hitting the roads

The gestures, which are being tested before they are finalised, include a wink to turn the radio and music player on and off. The technology is meant to be able to differentiate between an accidental blink and a wink by the length of time of the action before turning the radio on or off.

Drivers can nod left to turn the volume up and right to turn it down while a tap on the steering wheel to skip the station or song. Motorists can even make a phone call by making the ‘lifting the receiver gesture’ with their hand and dial by saying the name of the person they wish call. Motorists can even control the air conditioning and heating by raising and lowering their left hand above the gear stick which has another computer sensor mounted inside. The technology means drivers would be able to control the functions inside the car without being distracted from the road.

Keeping connected: Drivers can also make phone calls simply by making the receiver gesture and then saying the name of the person they wish to call Keeping connected: Drivers can also make phone calls simply by making the receiver gesture and then saying the name of the person they wish to call
Changing times: Tapping along to music on the steering wheel could be a thing of the past as the system takes a wheel tap as a signal to skip the song or station Changing times: Tapping along to music on the steering wheel could be a thing of the past as the system takes a wheel tap as a signal to skip the song or station
The list of gestures are now being tested across the globe to make sure they are culturally acceptable in all countriesThe list of gestures are now being tested across the globe to make sure they are culturally acceptable in all countries

Engineers from global infotainment specialists Harman have created a prototype car which could hit the roads in two years time. Hans Roth, director of technology at Harman, said: ‘It’s all about reducing distractions in the car.


These basic gestures are being testing around the globe to find the ideal system that can be used in countries around the world: Wink – To turn the radio on and off.

Amy Benville, 23-years-old, demonstrating the new gesture system

Nod left – Turn the volume up. Nod right – Turn the volume down. Tap finger on steering wheel – Skip radio channel or song. Left hand up (above gear stick) – Turn the heating on. Left hand down (above gear stick) – Turn the air-conditioning on. Phone gesture – To make a call.

‘If you don’t have to take your hands off the wheel or look down then it’s obviously safer. ‘The first one we worked on uses hand gestures and facial recognition so things like a wink or a nod or even a tilt of the head. ‘You would make a gesture with your hand, like tapping your finger or making a movement. ‘That is two or three years from being available in mass production in cars. ‘All of these could change different functions in the car, from the radio to the heaters to CDs and navigation systems. ‘We are still testing a list of gestures which could be standard for all cars across the world. ‘We’ve started it and now it’s about choosing the right gestures and getting it to production. ‘You’ve got to make sure it’s culturally acceptable. In Italy for example drivers use hand gestures a lot when they drive so it needs finalising. ‘But we are confident the hand gestures will be available two or three years.’

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Dr Abdus Salam’s lecture

July 23, 2012 Leave a comment

A short lecture by the greatest scientist of Pakitan. What a legend he is. No words!!!


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Dr Abdus Salam winning his Nobel Prize in 1979

July 23, 2012 Leave a comment

This video contains rare footage of an Ahmadi Muslim being awarded the nobel prize for his work in Physics in 1979. Dr. Abdus Salam is the first ever Muslim to have achieved this honour. His achievement was a fulfilment of the prophecy of the Promised Messiah (AS) that his followers will excel others in the fields of knowledge and wisdom. He indeed excelled all others by becoming the first ever Muslim nobel laureate with the grace and mercy of Allah Almighty. The whole life of this great man is a role model for everyone. He always said that he got the inspiration of his scientific work from the teachings of Holy Quran. He was true believer in the existance of God and always said there is no contradiction in the word of God and the work of God

View from US: Yeah, I am a believer!

July 22, 2012 Leave a comment
From the Newspaper |  | 4 hours ago

Yes I saw (its) face, now I’m a believer Not a trace of doubt in my mind Said I’m a believer, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Nicknamed ‘God particle,’ it has finally been spotted. It was the missing link in the scientific understanding of Creation. To discover it consumed two years, 7000 scientists, and $10 billion. The experiment was conducted underground on the Switzerland-French border.

Finally scientists were able to reach into the “fabric of the Universe at a level” they had never done before — finding proof of an invisible energy that fills the vacuum of space.

Who creates this energy? The divine ‘God particle.’ Actually the particle is called Higgs Boson. It is named after two physicists — Peter Higgs of the Edinburgh University and Satyendra Nath Bose, an Indian mathematician. The two began looking for the unidentifiable particle way back in 1964. Wait. Where’s Abdus Salam? Forgotten, of course.

“The pioneering work of Abdus Salam, Pakistan’s only Nobel laureate, helped lead to the apparent discovery of the subatomic ‘God particle,’” reports Sebastian Abbot of Associated Press. “But the late physicist is no hero at home, where his name has been stricken from school textbooks.” Pervaiz Hoodbhoy of Quaid-e-Azam University in Islamabad told AP “The way he (Salam) has been treated is such a tragedy… someone who could not set foot in Pakistan. If he came, he would be insulted and could be hurt or even killed.”

Forget the past; celebrate the present. Stop press. This is the moment to remind the world that the man who pointed his finger to ‘God particle’ and won the Nobel Prize for doing so 33 years ago was a Pakistani. Zardari and Raja Ashraf should have gone on national media to claim credit and made a bang, big enough for the world to sit up and take note.

Instead, the two politician VVIPs, perhaps ignorant of world affairs, science and technology and the latest discovery announced in Geneva, are more interested in acquiring penthouses in Europe and America; fattening their foreign asserts and saving the Swiss accounts. Cashing in on Salam’s pioneering work to build a better image for Pakistan is their least priority. They may not even know who Abdus Salam is.

They cannot be faulted because thanks to the religious obscurantists, Salam’s name has been struck off. He does not exist for the Pakistanis.

It’s the holy month. Millions in Pakistan fast. In America too. Let us then turn to the magnificence and meaning of the ‘God particle.’ Life derives energy from a divine source. To waste it, squander it or misspend it in activities that are mindless is a sin. The Divine Design incorporates compassion, generosity, honesty and humanness. It shuns hypocrites who are shallow but show the world they outdo the rest in piety because they fast, say their prayers and recite the Holy Quran. Rarely are we able to fathom the real meaning of God’s commands and why He insists we follow them in letter and spirit. The term ‘letter and spirit’ is a jaded cliché that we use without really understanding what it defines. The definition I would like to push is: implement according to the rule/law/regulation, but also attempt to follow the intent behind the law. Most of our religious clerics overlook the ‘intent’ part while emphasising the law. A pastor at a church in Houston, Texas, draws weekly seven million viewers wanting to hear him preach. His message is simple. Rather than quote the Scriptures and breathe fire and damnation on the sinners, Joel Osteen focuses on good deeds, good news, and good life. His goal is the same: to convince people that God does not like sinners, but his style is one that is gentle, kind and easy to understand.

A visitor from Pakistan who hears Osteen at his Lakewood Church in Houston is rapt in wonder. “I was astounded to see the well-heeled and wealthy Americans, actually take time out to go to church and pray,” she tells me. “They are not poor, nor sick, nor in need of any kind… yet there is an innate need in them to seek God.”

So why do people want to hear Osteen? Because says the Pakistani visitor, “Osteen encourages us to think and ask simple questions like ‘Are you content in this life? Are you content in all circumstances?’ “There’s a huge difference between being content and being complacent, according to Osteen. When you are content, you are satisfied; you’re full,” says the Pakistani visitor. She quotes the pastor who says one of the best ways to find contentment in your circumstances is to reach out and help someone else who is in need. When you turn your focus toward helping others, your own challenges seem more manageable, and sometimes, they simply disappear. That’s because whatever you make happen for other people, God will make happen for you. Is this not a similar message for Muslims during Ramazan? You fast because you realise what it is to go hungry. Instead of stuffing your stomachs at iftar, give food to someone who is needy. This example best fits the ‘letter and spirit’ definition mentioned above. “Some in Pakistan are push button ignorants who can recite the Holy Quran by rote but know little about translating the words into our daily living,” my interviewee tells me. “We treat people and animals badly but pray five times a day. We call these people good even if they throw stones at dogs, misbehave with their wives and children and stare at the neighbour’s women!”

I ask the Houston lady if we need preachers like Osteen. “Why, of course yes!” She shoots back. “I love the way he does not talk about hell, damnation and God’s fury. Rather he emphasises faith. Values hold a high worth in his gospel, like akhlaqi qadren (good behaviour); accepting people for who they are, showing honour to people, striving for better, having faith in the Power above.”

Not everyone believes Osteen. Just as Pakistan has its share of religious hardliners, so does America. The Christian fundamentalists criticise Osteen as the “pastor of prosperity.”

Here’s the last word: “I wonder if it is in line with our belief to demand more from God for abundance or should we do sabar and shukar and die in poverty?” says the Texas-returned Karachiite. “I heard Osteen’s lectures. He says ‘Don’t settle for a C in life. Go for an A. And do stop carrying a chip on your shoulder.’”



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