Parvez Butt is a Pakistan-based Nuclear Engineer who served as PAEC (Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission) chairperson from 2002 to 2006. He spent most of his professional life at the nuclear division of PAEC. During Musharraf’s presidency, he served as the ‘Policy Advisor’ on Science, as Federal-Secretary from 2006 to 2008.
In Gillian’s administration, he served as ‘Policy Advisor’ on Nuclear Energy at PC (Planning Commission) and did this until 2013. This article has all the information about him, including Parvez Butt Biography.
|Gujranwala, Punjab, Pakistan
|Masters in Nuclear Engineering
|University of Toronto
|Former Chairman of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC)
|From 2001 to 2006
|Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Electric Canada (GE Canada) Ministry of Science and Technology (MST) Planning Commission of Pakistan (PCP)
|Hilal-e-Imtiaz (1999), Sitara-e-Imtiaz (1999) and Tamgha-e-Baqa (2000)
|4th October 1942
|Gujranwala, Punjab, Pakistan
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Parvez Butt Biography
He is a well-trained and Nuclear Engineer who served in advantageous positions in PAEC and Planning Commission. He played an essential and significant role in the establishment of the Chashma Nuclear Plant. Butt set up a Non-destructive Testing Center in Taxila and a Welding Center in Islamabad.
Moreover, he assisted in negotiating with China to fund more Nuclear Plants in Chashma. Butt signed an agreement with IAEA to utilize Nuclear Power for Civilian use in health, industrial, agricultural, environmental and educational sectors.
His significant services earned him prestigious civil decorations like Nishan-e-Imtiaz, Tamgha-e-Baqa, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, Hilal-e-Imtiaz.
Parvez Date of Birth
He was born on 4th October 1942, in Gujranwala, British India.
Education of Parvez
After completing his early education from his hometown Gujranwala, he took admission in UET Lahore and, in 1962, completed a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He left for Canada for higher studies and in 1965 earned an MS degree in Nuclear Engineering from Toronto University.
Recruitment in PAEC
In 1963 PAEC recruited him, and he contributed his services in the ‘Nuclear Power Division’ instead of ‘Weapons Production Unit.’
Services for KANUPP
He worked for Pakistan’s 1st commercial nuclear plant in Karachi, i.e., a Canada Deuterium Uranium-type (CANDU) ‘Karachi Nuclear Power Plant-I (KANUPP) reactor. Parvez Butt worked at the Peterborough office of CGE (Canadian General Electric) in the nuclear plant design.
He worked at KANUPP-I as an engineer to ensure power generation and nuclear power plant’s grid operations to supply Karachi’s power. When CGE decided to quit supporting this KANUPP plan, he played an essential role in establishing the setup to engage in manufacturing, production, and designing spare parts required for plant machinery.
Non-Destructive & Welding Facilities
He made his position among his colleagues as a trained design engineer and able machinist. His services helped establish welding facilities, manufacturing shops of machine tools, and mechanical workshops that helped plant operations.
During his job at KANUPP, he realized the worth of non-destructive testing and welding. He so co-founded the Non-destructive testing center in Taxila and a Welding Institute in Islamabad.
Appointment as Director PAEC
He involved himself in practicing the ‘Mechanical Engineering’ when he started setting up welding standards and designated as director PAEC in 1984.
Quit the Position of Plant Manager
In 1994 he left the post of plant’s manager and accepted the ‘Member Power’ position at PAEC’s corporate offices to advise PAEC Chairman on commercial and nuclear energy.
Role in Establishment of CHASNUPP
His welding and machine components’ expertise benefitted Pakistan to expand the nuclear power program with CHASNUPP (Chashma Nuclear Power Plant) in the Punjab region. As DG of the Nuclear Division at PAEC, he oversaw the construction and design phase of CHASNUPP built with China’s funds.
In 2002 Administration of Musharraf appointed him Chairman PAEC; his recruitment was questionable in the International News Media as he wasn’t engaged in weapons production. From 2003 to 2004, he negotiated with China on monetary funds for three more nuclear plants in district Chashma.
In 2006 he responded to legal action filed at Pakistan Supreme Court by Baghalchur’s local inhabitants, an old Uranium search mining site. He confirmed at SC when he declared that ‘This action is being performed per Intl Standards for reserving the nuclear waste.’
Agreement with IAEA
He signed an agreement with IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) on 3rd September 2004 that directed Pakistan to broadly utilize nuclear energy in health, industrial, agricultural, environmental and educational sectors. With this contract, Pakistan became ‘highest-receiver of IAEA’S technical & financial assistance,’ and that relevant Islamabad’s bilateral helpers and Intl agencies were confident about nuclear energy’s utilization civilian uses.
Submission of a Long-Term Project on Nuclear Plant
In 2006 he presented a long-term project on the nuclear plant to Federal Govt called for more civilian atomic plants to enhance Pakistan’s industrial output.
Retirement from PAEC
On 26th March 2006, he retired from PAEC Chairmanship and accepted the post of Science Advisor to Musharraf Administration.
- Member of WANO (World Association of Nuclear Operators)
- Member of WNA (World Nuclear Association)
- Vice-Chair of IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency)
- Fellow of Pakistan Nuclear Society