I was joking about entering politics: Dr AQ Khan

Published: May 19, 2012
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Dr AQ Khan says national interest should be given precedence in the Thar coal, Reko Diq projects. PHOTO: FILE

Dr AQ Khan says national interest should be given precedence in the Thar coal, Reko Diq projects. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: While addressing the media on a visit to Nazir Hussain University, Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan said that earlier, he had been joking about contesting in the next elections, Express News reported on Saturday.

Addressing questions on solutions for Pakistan’s deteriorating state, Dr AQ Khan said that national interest should be given precedence in the Thar coal and Reko Diq projects.

Shedding light on other concerns and queries,  he told the media that atomic assets of the country were in safe hands.

During the address, Dr Khan said that the law and order situation of the country was awful even in 1971, therefore, he said, the nation should not lose hope.

Accompanying him was Minister for Trade and Industry Rauf Siddiqui, for whom Dr AQ Khan said that the law and order situation of the city would become stable if he (Rauf Siddiqui) was appointed Interior Minister Sindh.

Earlier, while addressing a gathering at the Punjab University (PU) in Lahore, Dr AQ Khan had said that he may consider contesting next elections from the city.

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  • May 19, 2012 - 4:06PM

    the father of the ‘Islamic bomb’ :P

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  • aliza awais
    May 19, 2012 - 4:06PM

    This one is a JOKE to me,that wasn’t

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  • Ashraf P
    May 19, 2012 - 4:35PM

    Hahahaha… good one Doctor saab. I really enjoyed the joke. You have a great sense of humour. NOT !!

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    May 19, 2012 - 5:04PM

    Soon Imran would also say that he was joking about Tsunami.

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  • Arif
    May 19, 2012 - 5:12PM

    Why cant Doctor sahib assume some teaching assignment in one of the good universities in Pakistan? I am sure he can utilize his time more productively rather than appearing in the media every other day. Recommend

  • kaalchakra
    May 19, 2012 - 5:33PM

    A great Pakistani.

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  • May 19, 2012 - 5:42PM

    “Entering Politics” or not; we will always LOVE and RESPECT you.

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  • May 19, 2012 - 5:50PM

    dr. sahib it is time you take rest – write books – visit universites delivers lectures…………. forget about politics.

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  • Haris
    May 19, 2012 - 5:58PM

    and what does he mean exactly by giving “precedence to national interest” over the Thar coal project?

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  • Imran
    May 19, 2012 - 6:06PM

    We love u Dr. Khan, u r the Pride of the Proud ………..

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  • Freeman
    May 19, 2012 - 6:32PM

    @Arsalan: You have good mindset keep it up………..

    Bomb is only a bomb not islamic, Christian, Jew or Hindu. When bomb detonate it kills everyone weather they are CHristians, Jew, Hindu or Muslims.

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  • Iftikhar Ahmad
    May 19, 2012 - 6:39PM

    Thankyou DR Sahib for declaring your statement a joke.

    I hope it is not another joke.

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  • Kaleem
    May 19, 2012 - 6:49PM

    You took a long time to respond sir! Anyways we respect you for what you have done for us.

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  • Muhammad Ahsan Khan
    May 19, 2012 - 6:51PM

    “Dr Khan said that the law and order situation of the country was awful even in 1971”

    The dictators (Army, Science, Politics or Juridic) always talk of Law and Order. Will they ever give Roti, Kapra and Makan to the people. With only Law and Order, Pakistan will never progress.

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  • PakJam
    May 19, 2012 - 7:07PM

    @Ch Allah Daad: are you really stupid or you only act like one? What has Imran Khan to do with this now?

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  • May 19, 2012 - 7:07PM

    Joke with #PTI?? Mehnga paray ga Khan sb, Get ready for rants from #PTI trollers

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  • realist
    May 19, 2012 - 7:11PM

    First sign of wanting to become a politician…..

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  • M. S. Shahid
    May 19, 2012 - 7:14PM

    Nuclear entrepreneur has great sense of humor, ha ha ha really enjoyed it.

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  • Mullah jee
    May 19, 2012 - 7:28PM

    This criminal would sell Pakistans nuclear assets on his first day in office to the highest bidder. I dont understand why my fellow pakis make heroes out of criminals

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  • Kanwal
    May 19, 2012 - 7:30PM

    Great. I wish the atom bomb was a joke too. Because I aint liking the taste of grass at all.

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  • Farooq
    May 19, 2012 - 7:38PM

    we love AQ, he is our asset …

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  • Haris
    May 19, 2012 - 8:08PM

    Can please somebody help me out here? I really want to know what is it with the Thar coal project that is against national interest? If this is also one of those national-pride-ultimate-threat-from-India sort of an excuse for National Interest just because the Thar district happens to be close to the Rajasthan border then I must say that the intelligence of Dr. Khan sadly is comparable to that of Sheikh Rasheed and other ‘highly intelligent’ Generals in Pindi.

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  • saif
    May 19, 2012 - 8:31PM

    Dr sahib is loved throughout the country, irrespective of religion, politics or nationalist origin. He must keep away from politics but he should give good advices for the country.

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  • jamal yousuf
    May 19, 2012 - 8:33PM

    No Doctor Saheb No
    Please dont mention of entering politics even as a joke. Allah has blessed you with unsurrmounting respect and you are held as Mohsin-e- pakistan by this nation.
    Any one who is instigating you to think of it is surely a power hungry selfish person striving to use you as a tool for his purpose.
    You will never never think of becoming a petty politician instead of being a legend.
    You are also requested to please refrain from making critical statements against some political figures it does not suit you.Recommend

  • Suraj
    May 19, 2012 - 9:09PM

    where is he now?

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  • truth
    May 19, 2012 - 9:18PM

    well said Haris

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  • G. Din
    May 19, 2012 - 11:49PM

    @Haris:
    “…the Thar district happens to be close to the Rajasthan border…”
    That, on the contrary, should be an incentive to empty out those mines so that India is not tempted (considering India has a lot of its own coal)!!!That should reduce the Indian threat!

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  • Cautious
    May 20, 2012 - 2:06AM

    Dr Khan said that the law and order
    situation of the country was awful
    even in 1971, therefore, he said, the
    nation should not lose hope.

    If true it’s a pretty good sign that something is wrong and the country lacks the ability to fix it – not something that most would consider hopeful.

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  • Naveed Abbas
    May 20, 2012 - 2:56PM

    Most respected Dr, A Q Khan. You are the pride of Pakistan. You are an international hero with high marks. Wherever you are, we love and respect you a lot. Recommend

  • Lala Gee
    May 20, 2012 - 4:26PM

    @Haris”:

    *”and what does he mean exactly by giving “precedence to national interest” over the Thar coal project?”*

    *”I must say that the intelligence of Dr. Khan sadly is comparable to that of Sheikh Rasheed and other ‘highly intelligent’ Generals in Pindi”*

    You need to read carefully what he said “Dr AQ Khan said that national interest should be given precedence in the Thar coal and Reko Diq projects.”. He said “in” not “over”. You need to take some basic lessons of English language and better check your own IQ before commenting on the others, especially someone having a PhD degree from an Internationally renowned institute.Recommend

  • G. Din
    May 20, 2012 - 5:33PM

    I oftentimes wonder, sir, do you have any bouts of guilt of conscience as to how much damage you have done to your country and how long that damage will last just to spite your original homeland? Do you feel at all guilty of appropriating all the credit that accrued from development of the “Islamic bum” when you yourself had no part in the whole effort except a peripheral one? Do you at all feel any unease in living that lie? You made the whole affair so dirty that even those who were worthy of credit have shied away from it!

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  • Muhammad Ahsan Khan
    May 20, 2012 - 5:56PM

    (1)” that national interest should be given precedence in the Thar coal and Reko Diq projects.”

    (2)”and what does he mean exactly by giving “precedence to national interest” over the Thar coal project?”

    In the first statement (1), the national interest (A) has precedence in all the Thar projects (B, C, D;;;)

    In the second statement (2) the nationl interest (A) has precedence over Thar progent. Here Thar project contains all the Thar projects (B, C, D…) of the statement (1).

    The two statements give the precedence to nartional interest (over / in) Thar project(s).

    @Lala Gee

    It is not the fault of English language of Haris but it is simply the deficiency of your “logic and reason”

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  • May 20, 2012 - 10:04PM

    Some great fellows after some time become liabilities to the nation. Dr.Khan is one of them.

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  • Salman
    May 21, 2012 - 11:29AM

    @Ch Allah Daad:
    Whats abt Imran here??
    ru u out of ur senses or u have Imran fobia??

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  • May 21, 2012 - 2:40PM

    Seems like Dr Saheb has a habbit of jokeing.
    Once earlier he joked in public on national TV – which put the whole nation in problem, and him too.
    Dignitary like him should refrain from shooting such “serious” jokes.

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  • May 21, 2012 - 3:11PM

    !G.Din……..According to a 2005 World Bank estimate, 41.6% of the total Indian population falls below the international poverty line of US$ 1.25 a day. why not concentrate on poverty alleviation and stopping underage prostitution in India for a change ??.

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  • Lala Gee
    May 21, 2012 - 3:42PM

    @Khaleel Ahmed:

    “Some great fellows after some time become liabilities to the nation. Dr.Khan is one of them.”

    Like old parents, though on personal level.

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