Dr Abdul Qadir Khan, distinguished as the father of Pakistan’s nuclear programme, is all set to launch a nationwide campaign under the banner of Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz Pakistan (TTP) steering the youth vote; as the country gears up for an election.
Dr AQ Khan’s entry into politics could distress many in the west, after his commitment in spreading nuclear technology to customers including Iran and Libya.
He is considered as the star in Pakistan, while the religious right acclaims him for having created the “Islamic bomb”.
He said he wanted the growing younger population to cast its vote and not sit at home, against the conventional politicians. “TTP wants to create political awareness amongst the youth regarding who to vote for and who not to vote for. I will consistently urge youth to elect honest persons in upcoming elections and stand for survival of the country,” he said.
“We need a new generation of political people and technocrats,” said Dr. Khan. “My message to young voters is, don’t bring these old politicians back. Don’t give your vote to thieves and liars. But who exactly they vote for, is up to them.”
Dr. Khan said he did not plan, at the moment, to contest the election. However, further fruition of his political organization is “in the hands of God”.
Established in July 2012, the TTP has so far gained little political ground among the masses. Political experts have predicted that while Dr Khan carries vast respect among the people for his invaluable commitment and service to the country, the TTP is unlikely to gain any momentous vote bank or public support.
He said that he planned to tour universities and speak to lawyers and other professionals with his message of change.
Dr Khan, who is known to be in contact with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan, has verified his preference for emerging political parties such as PTI.
The elections this time are expected to face a strong challenge from newcomer Imran Khan, the former cricketer. But Dr. Khan said that the cricket legend had chosen too many “old faces” to make his party attractive.
Party workers are confident that as the party starts opening its provincial offices, the movement will gain momentum among the populace as Dr Khan supports the campaign through public appearances, columns, and television and radio programs.
“Our people are clever and they can decide these things. After all, I used our people here to create the bomb,” said Dr. Khan.
In an attempt to start party organization Dr. Khan has reportedly held meetings with former army chief Aslam Beg, former prime minister Ghulam Sarwar Cheema and Malik Ameen Aslam.