The pioneer of Pakistan’s atomic programme , Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan who was accused of selling nuclear secrets, on Saturday (June 15) filed a writ petition at the Lahore High Court (LHC) claiming that former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, under the influence of the United States, had forced him to read a statement written by him [Musharraf] on the television.
According to Dr. Qadeer, Musharraf had promised him that the nuclear scientist would be restored after a few days of the speech but Musharraf did not abide by his promise. Former prime minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and lawyer SM Zafar were also witnesses in this matter, he added. Dr. Qadeer said, Justice Chaudhry Ijaz gave him some relief later but for the last three or four years, security officials had confined his moment to his home.
“I am restrained from going anywhere which is against the norms of moral values. I cannot go anywhere or attend any ceremony which is regrettable.” Dr. Qadeer requested LHC to hear his case in an open court rather than hearing it in the chamber.
“The respondents (the government of Pakistan and Strategic Plans Division Force) has imposed an illegal ban on me. I wish to appear before the court in person to explain my grievances but I am being restrained.”
Khan had confessed in 2004 to selling nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya. He also publicly apologized on state TV for the “anguish” and the “sorrow” his actions have caused to the Pakistani nation and the government. He also upheld that the nuclear transfer occurred on his behest and no former or present government was in anyway involved.
After years of official house arrest during and following his debriefing, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on 6 February 2009 declared Abdul Qadeer Khan to be a free citizen of Pakistan, allowing him free movement inside the country. The verdict was rendered by Chief Justice Sardar Muhammad Aslam. In September 2009, concerned because the decision also ended all security restrictions on Khan, the United States warned that Khan still remained a “serious proliferation risk”.
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17 November, 2019