Islamabad: The federal government has authorised the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to name a key government building and road after late Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, the creator of Pakistan’s nuclear programme.

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According to Interior Ministry sources, the ministry authorised the CDA to name a prominent government building after late nuclear scientist through a letter dated October 22, after a direction from the federal cabinet. Separately, the government requested that a road be named after Dr. A.Q. Khan by the CDA.

Dr. Khan, 85, a national hero who died recently in Islamabad, was given a formal funeral at Faisal Mosque before being buried at H-8 graveyard. Various options are being considered, according to sources, and the CDA will shortly select which building and road will be named after Dr Khan.

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Officials from the government stated the CDA will make recommendations to the federal government, and that an important government structure, such as the Kohsar Complex on Constitution Avenue, might be named after the nuclear physicist.

According to them, a service road in E-7, where Dr Khan used to live, as well as a road in sector F-10, are being considered for naming after the late nuclear physicist. They stated, “Final decision has yet to be taken.”

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