|Importance Of Saudi / Pak
Underlined by Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan
By Pervaiz Imam
RIYADH, Sept. 24, 2000 The Pakistani eminent nuclear scientist, Dr.
Abdul Qadeer Khan has underlined the significance of cooperation between the Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia and Pakistan in various fields of science and technology, as members of the
Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC).
Khan, here on a short visit, was addressing the students of the Pakistan International
School, Riyadh on Thursday morning. He said, "on all occasions when Pakistan was
confronted with difficulties and economic hardship, the Kingdom came forward to help
overcome those adverse conditions. "We in Pakistan are proud of our friendship and
cooperation with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," the nuclear scientist further noted.
He made a clarion call to the students to devote all their energies to constructive work,
their class studies, discipline and sports activities as well.
"You should try to supersede the known scientists and technologists of the work
through your efforts and hard work because the field of invention and new vision is very
vast, " Dr. Khan observed.
He said that Pakistan is the only country among the 57 members of the OIC to have
possessed the nuclear capability, depending of the policy of self-reliance. It has not
received any aid from outside for this development, he added.
But Pakistan believes in peaceful cooperation and is ready to share its technical
knowledge and experience with other OIC members in the spirit of promotion of knowledge
Giving an example of cordiality between the Kingdom and Pakistan, Dr. Khan said, "on
the day of nuclear test by Pakistan in Balochistan on May 28, 1998, the first
congratulatory message he received was from the Saudi ambassador to Pakistan. Then the
messages of the Pakistans President and Prime Minister and other dignitaries
"We should now work hard to pool our resources, material and manpower, only to
develop science culture in Pakistan. All other cultures have failed. We should save all we
can for the promotion of science in our country," he strongly stressed.
He suggested that students should choose their career purely on their own choice. Parents
should not force them to become doctor or engineer or scientist. It should be their
propensity and mental liking, he added.
The scientist was profusely welcomed by a large number of students, although it was an off
day for them.
The schools principal Col. Nusrat Ali Shah Kazmi, SI (M) welcomed the chief guest
and said that the enthusiasm of the teachers and students is so profound that they
recorded hundred percent attendance on their off-day (Thursday) because they highly
honored and deeply loved their national well known scientist.
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