Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood

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Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood 1938-

or Bashir-ud-Din Mehmood

Pakistani physicist.

Educated in Lahore and Britain. Key figure in the development of the Pakistan nuclear industry since the late 1960s. Worked with Abdul Qadeer Khan on the Pakistan nuclear weapon project from 1974, he designed the Khushab plant near Lahore, a heavy-water reactor that produces plutonium. Awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz for his work. Retired from the program he worked for a charity active in Afghanistan, the Ummah Tameer-e-Nau (Reconstruction of the Islamic Community). Arrested in October 2001 by Pakistani Intelligence agents on suspicion of sharing his nuclear expertise with the Taliban regime. Released November 22 2001.

A very devout Muslim, he has published a number of books on the occult.