Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad
President of Pakistan Academy of Science,
Advisor on Science & Technology
in the Planning Commission
with the status of Minister of State
Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad (Urdu: اشفاق احمد) Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Hilal-i-Imtiaz, Nishan-i-Imitiaz, (born 3 November 1930) is a Pakistani nuclear physicist and well-known educationist of Pakistan. He played an important role in establishing of the research institutes in the field of nuclear sciences, notably nuclear physics, in Pakistan. Ishfaq Ahmad is considered one of the top nuclear physicists in Pakistan. He is currently President of Pakistan Academy of Science, Advisor on Science in the Planning Commission with the status of Minister of State, and was the chairman of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) from 1991-2001. Ishfaq Ahmad played an important role in Pakistan's nuclear program, and considered one of the pioneers of Pakistan's both civilian and military purpose nuclear program. During his stay in PAEC, he was considered to be the one of the central figures of Pakistan's nuclear program. He rose to national fame in May 1998 when he headed PAEC as a chairman while conducted the country's successful nuclear tests in Balochistan.