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CERN membership, a giant leap to fulfill Dr Abdus Salam's dream: Chairman PAEC.

ISLAMABAD -- The CERN membership to Pakistan was a giant step to fulfill the dreams of Pakistani nobel laureate Dr Abdus Salam into reality, said Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), Mohammad Naeem.

Delivering a maiden speech to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) Council in Geneva as the first-ever Chairman of PAEC, he said CERN has been making an invaluable contribution for development of technical and scientific base in Pakistan to help the country materialize the dream of all-time-great Nobel Laureate, Professor Abdus Salam, into a reality,.

The Pakistani maestro desired to see Pakistanis excel in sciences especially Physics, he said adding that CERN is world's supreme body of scientific research based in Geneva, Switzerland.

The organization has been working on great experiments for many decades and has also introduced the world with world wide web (www), first touch screen and above all Higgs Boson, commonly referred to as 'god particle'.

I feel elated that Pakistan has acquired the status of an Associate member State of CERN and for that July 31, 2015, the day when Government of Pakistan ratified the membership documents will always be remembered as a significant milestone in the scientific history of the country, said Mohammad Naeem.

The Chairman PAEC is now-a-days in Geneva to attend CERN Council meeting, which is being held from 17-18, September, said a press release. During his stay, he will also visit different labs of CERN.

He paid homage to President of CERN, Prof Zalewska for the untiring support she extended for Pakistan's efforts to win membership of the council as its first non-European member state. He also expressed gratitude to Dr Sergio Bertolucci.

Mohammad Naeem also thanked DG CERN, Dr Rolf Heuer for his great enthusiasm and valuable guidance throughout the hectic process of reaching the landmark.

Later, Chairman PAEC paid tributes to his forerunners especially Dr Ishfaq Ahmad, Parvez Butt, Anwar Ali and Dr Ansar Parvez for their untiring efforts and contribution to promoting science in Pakistan and establishing a durable professional relationship with CERN.

He also recalled the history of Pakistan-CERN collaboration that spanned over two decades of excellence in scientific arena. This includes contributions of Pakistani scientists, engineers and expert technicians in several scientific experiments of CERN and Pak-CERN collaboration in the world's biggest physics experiment of Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Chairman PAEC concluded his address saying, Pakistan understands that attaining CERN Associate Membership is the end of one phase but the start of another more challenging phase of very effective and productive deepening of this relationship and taking it to new heights.

He said We are looking forward to further strengthen the collaboration by expanding it to new horizons of education, medical accelerators, and low as well as high energy Physics experiments to play our part in the scientific community's efforts aimed at understanding the 96% of the universe that we do not know as yet.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Sep 21, 2015
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