LAHORE – Nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan on Wednesday said that he had decided to join hands with the Jamaat-e-Islami for building the country a truly Islamic welfare state and to free it from the clutches of corrupt people.

Addressing a grand reception hosted in his honour by JI Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan at Mansoora, Dr AQ Khan, also the chief of Tehrik Tahafuz-e-Pakistan, was given a warm welcome. Rose petals were showered on him as he was given a red carpet reception. Students of Mansoora Model School and Syed Maudoodi Institute were lined up to greet the national hero. The JI Ameer and Dr AQ Khan had a brief one-on-one meeting and discussed the prevailing situation in the country.

Dr AQ Khan said that if the nation wanted to get rid of poverty, loot and plunder, unemployment and lawlessness, it should vote for patriotic, honest and competent people in the next elections. He said that in order to safeguard the country’s integrity and solidarity, it was necessary to save it from external threats as well as corruption and lawlessness at home. He said that when India detonated the nuclear bomb about thirty years back, he returned home from Europe and made up his mind not to rest unless he made the nuclear bomb for his country.

“I am happy for not disappointing the nation”, he added. He said that hundreds of JI men had been in the assemblies and also in the government but there were no charges of corruption, misuse of power against any of them. Therefore, he said, he had decided to join hands with the JI in order to steer the country out of the present crisis.

Syed Munawar Hasan said that by making the country’s defense impregnable, Dr AQ Khan had done invaluable service not only to Pakistan but also to the Muslim world. He said that Dr Khan wanted to build Pakistan as an ideological and developed country and also the fortress of Islam.

He said that incompetent and corrupt rulers had done irreparable loss to the country’s solidarity and integrity and their joining the US war on terror had given birth to numerous crises. He said that Bilawal Houses were being built at the cost of billions in different cities while the masses remained without food, clothing and shelter. He said if Pakistan’s image was to be raised in the comity of the nations, it should be made corruption free through good governance. He said the nation needed a patriotic leader imbued with the spirit of sacrifice like Dr AQ Khan. He said that the aims and the objectives of the JI and Dr Khan’s TTP were the same as both wanted Pakistan to emerge as a prospering Islamic welfare state.

JI Naib Ameers Ch Muhammad Aslam Saleemi and Dr Muhammad Kamal, Secretary General Liaqat Baloch and chief of Jamait-e-Ittehad-e-Ulema Maulana Abdul Malik were also present.

Separately, Dr AQ Khan met with PML – N Chief, Mian Nawaz Sharif, at Jaati Umra to offer his condolences on the death of his younger brother Abbas Sharif. Dr AQ Khan was accompanied by Admiral (R) Javed Iqbal and other leaders of the Tehrik. PML– N leaders including Sardar Mehtab Abbasi, Senator Tariq Azim, Ahsan Iqbal and Captain (R) Safdar were also present.