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Chairing the last session as the head of Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) on Thursday, Maulana Mohammad Khan Sherani decried the proposal to rename the Quaid-i-Azam University’s (QAU) physics centre after Professor Abdus Salam.The council discussed the proposal after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif forwarded a summary to President Mamnoon Hussain of his approval to rename the National Centre for Physics at QAU the “Professor Abdus Salam Centre for Physics”. Addressing a press conference after the council’s meeting, the CII chairman said changing the department’s name would not set the right precedent. “We have concerns over the change of its [physics centre’s] name as it was earlier named to honour Dr Riaz,” said Sherani, but declined to offer any reason for the opposition.

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