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‘Absurd, ridiculous’: Scientist Samar Mubarak laughs off Nawaz Sharif’s Tomahawk missile claims

Mubarakmand, former director of Pakistan's Missile and Research Program, has said that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's claim of reverse engineering of US missile Tomahawk is not correct.

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Early Today, Dunya News reported that leading scientist, Dr Samar Mubarakmand, has rejected Nawaz Sharif’s claim of reverse-engineering the Tomahawk missile, and labeled his remarks ridiculous.

“He said the missile fell to the ground and did not break into pieces. What research can be done on damaged debris and small pieces?” demanded Mubarakmand. According to the news channel, Mubarakmand, former director of Pakistan’s Missile and Research Program, has said that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s claim of reverse engineering of US missile Tomahawk is not correct. He does not agree with Nawaz Sharif’s claim of reverse engineering.

Mubarakmand claimed that this missile is very delicate. “It is ridiculous for them to fall to the ground and not be torn to pieces. It is true that Pakistan got missiles from this area, but they were a few pieces, what research can be done on the destroyed debris and small pieces?”

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The Pakistani scientist said that the United States had not even asked Pakistan to return the wreckage. “We had no such request from the United States. Secondly, it was just a pile of rubbish which was useless. If the United States had asked for debris, Pakistan would have returned it,” added Mubarakmand.

“It is absurd to say that a missile fell to the ground and remained undamaged and did not tear into pieces”, he said, adding that supplementary research can be conducted on pieces of an exploded missile.

The background

Earlier this week, while addressing a party meeting, Sharif said that an undamaged missile of the US was found in Balochistan and that it was reverse-engineered to develop the country’s own missile program.

He said that the US had fired missiles against al-Qaeda bases in Afghanistan in 1998 when one of them had landed on the land undamaged. Sharif was criticised for having started revealing national secrets and taking credit for equipping the country with cruise missiles.

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Talking to the media in London, the PML-N supreme leader claimed that Pakistan had built its missiles by copying American missiles through reverse engineering and he had given cruise missiles to the country. Speaking to reporters in London, Nawaz had said that he had made “immense” contributions to the army. “I have done a lot, I have contributed a lot. We have spent billions, trillions, made the atomic bomb programme, made the JF-17 with China and half the missiles we have, I got them made,” he said.

The former PM had said, “The United States had fired missiles at Afghanistan during the war which landed in Balochistan. We made our missiles by copying the US missiles.” “Clinton dropped missiles in Afghanistan”. “We got one, back engineered it and made it,” he said.

Per SAMAA, as soon as Sharif finished speaking, Ishaq Dar, Member of the Senate Of Pakistan, whispered in his ear that it was another cruise missile and not Tomahawk. Social media users proceeded to troll Sharif on his missile engineering comments.

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