‘Kept prisoner’: Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme architect


Abdul Qadeer Khan, who made worldwide headlines in 2004 after publicly confessing his position in international nuclear proliferation, has petitioned Pakistan’s prime court docket to say he’s being “kept prisoner” by authorities companies and never allowed to plead his case for freedom of motion.

Khan, extensively described because the architect of the nuclear weapons programme in Pakistan that examined its first atomic bomb in 1998 to rival that of neighbouring India, was sacked from his official place after his confession, however granted clemency by then-President Pervez Musharraf.


He has since lived a closely guarded and principally secluded life in an upscale Islamabad neighbourhood. Authorities say he’s beneath guard for safety causes.

“I had been kept as a prisoner having no free movement or meeting with anybody,” Khan stated in a handwritten observe submitted to the Supreme Court on Thursday.

The 84-year-old is claimed to have helped provide designs, {hardware} and supplies to make enriched uranium for atomic bombs to Iran, Libya and North Korea.

A world nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, had stated Khan was an necessary a part of the nuclear black market and had assist from individuals in many various nations.

In a televised assertion in 2004 after assembly Musharraf, who was additionally the chief of Pakistan’s highly effective military, Khan careworn he acted independently and the federal government had not authorised his actions.

Western diplomats have lengthy doubted whether or not he might have acted alone. Talking to The Guardian newspaper in 2008, Khan had stated the confession “was handed into my hand”.

‘Physical hurt’

Khan filed a petition final yr saying that, regardless of earlier court docket orders permitting him freedom of motion beneath agreed phrases, he was nonetheless saved beneath restraint and in fear of “physical harm”.

On Thursday, he despatched a observe to the judges listening to his case saying he was to look earlier than them the day earlier than, however brokers of the Strategic Plans Division (SPD) didn’t take him to the courtroom regardless of bringing him into the court docket constructing.

The SPD is headed by the Pakistani army and liable for dealing with the nation’s secretive nuclear weapons programme.

The authorities of Pakistan, which has been made respondent within the case, didn’t reply to Reuters information company’s requests for remark.

The court docket has directed the federal government to answer Khan’s petition.

“We haven’t received notice yet but it will come,” Pakistan’s Attorney General Khalid Jawed Khan advised Reuters by means of a textual content message, including the court docket has to determine if it can settle for the petition for normal listening to.

Khan additionally stated in his observe to the Supreme Court that he was being pressured to withdraw his petition to that court docket and take it to a decrease court docket.

SOURCE: Reuters information company