ISLAMABAD: Political parties in Pakistan have strongly condemned the government for making the life of renowned nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer highly miserable and demanded the authorities that they should be allowed to meet the national hero. Political leaders including Jamaat-e-Islami Naib Ameer Prof Khurshaid Ahmed, PML (N) Secretary Information Ahsan Iqbal, former ISI Chief Hameed Gul and MMA leader Hafiz Hussain Ahmed lamented over the deplorable condition of Dr Qadeer who according to them was facing great problems and difficulties and was under sever mental stress.
According to a press report, PML (Q) chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain along with senators Mushahid Hussain Syed and S M Zafar held meeting with Dr Qadeer in which the national hero informed them of the government highhandedness.
Talking to SANA, Prof Khurshaid Ahmed said that the entire nation is shocked and worried about the government’s hostile attitude towards Dr Qadeer. He said that it is now need of the hour to meet this great hero of the nation. “I am trying for the last two years to meet Dr Qadeer and also raised the issue in Senate but the government paying no heed to the subject as they deliberately mistreating the national hero,” he maintained.
He asked the political leadership and civil society of the country to come forward for saving Dr Qadeer’s life and restoring his prestige and stature as a national hero. Ihsan Iqbal while commenting on Dr Qadeer’s condition said that the national leadership should be allowed to meet the nuclear scientist. He said that it is highly appalling that government was dealing with the national like a criminal. He asked for lifting of all embargos on Dr Qadeer’s life and demanded the authorities to end his long house arrest.
Former ISI Chief Hameed Gul also condemned government handling of Dr Qadeer and said that all the decision regarding the nuclear scientist was taken by one man and no institution or agency is involve in it. The deplorable circumstances under which Dr Qadeer is leading his life has terrorized the nation, he said. Hafiz Hussain Ahmed said that it was highly surprising rather shocking for the entire nation that the government attitude towards the national hero would be that much traumatizing. He said that Musharraf has always taken steps contrary to the public aspiration and that is why the whole nation stood by Dr Qadeer.
Former Senior Vice President of Supreme Court Bar Muhammad Ikram Chaudhry said that it was a matter of shame that the government is dealing with people like Dr Abdul Qadeer as he is a criminal. He said that protecting Dr Qadeer’s life is responsibility of the whole nation.
Dr Qadeer, in that meeting with PML (Q) chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Mushahid Hussain Syed and S M Zafar, was so much under sever mental stress that he asked the politicians to shoot him. Dr Qadeer told them that he was ready to present himself before any agency and country for investigation but put an end to his house arrest and lift restrictions imposed on him for years.-SANA