“We(Pakistan) will eat grass, even go hungry, but we will get one of our own (Atom bomb).... We have no other choice!”

–Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in a press conference shortly after the 1965 war.

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was the founder of Pakistan’s atomic bomb programme, and due to his administrative and aggressive leadership to lead this nuclear deterrence programme, Bhutto is often known as Father of Nuclear deterrence programme. In 1958 when long before as Minister for Fuel, Power, and National Resources, Bhutto played a key role in setting up the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) administrative research bodies and institutes. Soon, he lobbied for Abdus Salam as being appointed as Science Adviser in 1960. Before being elevated as Foreign minister, Bhutto directed the funds for key research in nuclear weapons and related science.In October 1965, as Foreign Minister, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto visited Vienna, where nuclear engineer Munir Ahmad Khan working at a senior technical post at the IAEA, informed him of the status of Indian nuclear programme and the options Pakistan had to develop its own nuclear capability. Both agreed on the need for Pakistan to develop a nuclear deterrent to meet India’s nuclear capacity. While, Munir Ahmad Khan had failed to convince Ayub Khan, Bhutto had said to Munir Ahmad Khan: Don’t worry, our turn will come. If he were alive today he would be pleased at Pakistan’s position as one of nine states to possess nuclear weapons, and the only Muslim majority country to do so.