Metallurgical Laboratory (Wah)

The Metallurgical Laboratory (also known as "Metallurgical Lab"), is an accredited multi-program national testing institute, established in 1972 to take participation in developing physio-metallurgical aspects of the clandestine atomic bomb projects.[1] It is located in the vicinity of Wah Military District and jointly runs its research program in conjuncture with Pakistan Ordnance Factory (POF) and the University of Punjab.[2]

The Metallurgical Lab was established by its chief physical chemist Khalil Qureshi of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) to study the effects and containment of nuclear fission for the civil purposes.[3][1] Throughout the 1970s, the academic programs at Metallurgical Lab was purely directed by the armed forces engineers and scientists dispatched at the Pakistan Ordnance Factory for defence and security purposes.[1] As of current, the Metallurgical Lab is currently working on civilian programs and is under the control of Pakistan National Accreditation Council of the Ministry of Science and Technology of Government of Pakistan.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Khan, Feroz Hassan (2012). Eating grass the making of the atomic bomb. Stanford, California: Stanford Security Studies, an imprint of Stanford University Press. ISBN 0804784809.
  2. ^ Director of Metallurgical Lab. "Scope of Metallurgical Laboratory" (PDF). Director of Metallurgical Lab. Director of Metallurgical Lab. Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  3. ^ Mubarakmand, Samar, "A Science Odyssey: Pakistan Nuclear Emergence", Synopsis written and delivered at the Khwarizmi Science Society of Pakistan at the Centre of Particle Physics of Punjab University, 30 November 1998.
  4. ^ Farid Ullah Khan and Amin Ur Rahman. "An Overview" (PDF). Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC). Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 December 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2013.