Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan planned to challenge MDCAT hours before his death

ISLAMABAD: Father of Pakistan’s Nuclear program Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan had planned to challenge the Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT) hours before his death.

According to Dawn report, Dr AQ Khan had disclosed to Dawn that he would challenge in court the flawed entry tests for admission to medical and dental colleges.

“I am going to file a petition on Monday in Islamabad High Court to challenge a faulty MDCAT (medical students’ admission test) because it has destroyed the future of hundreds of thousands of students,” said Dr Khan on Saturday evening while talking to Dawn on the matter related to results released by the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC).

He was of the opinion that the government had introduced a faulty Medical and Dental Colleges Admission Test (MDCAT) that endangered the future of medical students in the country.

This scribe received Dr Khan’s phone call at 6.28 pm on Saturday in which the nuclear scientist said he was quite disturbed because of the future of medical students and, therefore, he decided to challenge the issue in the IHC.

About his health, Dr Khan in a strained voice said he had returned home after having Covid 19 treatment at the hospital, though he was still not feeling well. “I have pain in my whole body,” he added.

Earlier, Dr Khan told Dawn that he was not happy with the present rulers for not inquiring after his health when he was hospitalised due to Covid-19. In his recent letter to incumbent Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, Dr Khan had conveyed his displeasure over the federal government’s attitude.

“Such a nice feeling that the PM & CM of Punjab, KPK and Balochistan are waiting to hear the good news of my demise,” he wrote.

Dr Qadeer was born in 1936 in Bhopal, India, and immigrated along with his family to Pakistan in 1947, after the partition of the sub-continent.

AQ Khan is considered the pioneer of Pakistan nuclear programme. He led the country’s nuclear programme for some 25 years and is considered a national hero.

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