July 5, 2008

“MUSHARRAF IS ENEMY OF PAKISTAN” – A.Q. KHAN – Musharraf knows best about nuclear deal with NKorea: AQ

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JULY 06, 2008

NUCLEAR scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan has said that President Musharraf knew best about the shipment of centrifuges to North Korea from Pakistan in 2000.
Talking to a private TV channel on Friday, AQ Khan said Pyongyang received the shipment in 2000 under the rule of President Musharraf. “Musharraf wrote this in his book, so he knows best about this deal,” he added.
Responding to a question about his interview with an American news agency, he said the news agency twisted his words which gave the wrong impression.
He said that President Musharraf had mentioned in his book about the dispatching of centrifuges to North Korea and that his (Dr Qadeer’s) statement was carried by the foreign news agency in a distorted manner.
AQ Khan said when he was asked by a foreign news agency whether the centrifuges were sent to North Korea he replied that this had already been published in the President’s book.
He said that any question regarding the dispatch of centrifuges be put to President Musharraf. “Nothing could be sent without the supervision of the security forces,” he added.
To a question, he expressed hope that his detention will end soon.
The American news agency quoted AQ Khan as saying that North Korea received centrifuges from Pakistan in a 2000 shipment supervised by the Army during the rule of President Pervez Musharraf.
He further said that the uranium enrichment equipment was sent from Pakistan in a North Korean plane that was loaded under the supervision of Pakistani security officials.
He said the Army had ‘complete knowledge’ of the shipment and that it must have been sent with the consent of Musharraf, the then-Army Chief who took power in a 1999 coup.


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June 25, 2008

Nawaz and PCO judges

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Thursday, June 26, 2008
The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday put off the election in NA-123 following a petition filed by the federal government against the disqualification of Mian Nawaz Sharif by the Lahore High Court. The SC judges, in an interesting observation during the proceedings, remarked that if Mr Sharif had personally appeared in their court, they would have disposed off the case in two or three minutes. That appears to be the crux of the entire matter. Mr Sharif refuses to recognize the judges who took oath under the PCO of November 3 while the PPP, the federal government and now even the Supreme

Court itself want him, may be just once, to recognize, even implicitly, that he can work with the PCO judges. The petition in the SC was filed not by Mr Sharif or his party but by the government because the PPP-PML-N coalition has come into severe strain after the disqualification of Mr Sharif. In an angry reaction to the disqualification his party MNAs staged a walkout of the National Assembly on Tuesday. This was the first boycott of proceedings by the party inside the NA while others staged protests across the country, some supporters appearing outside the Lahore High Court wrapped in chains. What the LHC judgment has done to the overall political situation in the country is worth noting. While the lawyers’ movement was facing some fatigue after the long march and people were confused at the sudden wrapping up of the otherwise magnificent show in Islamabad, the LHC decision against Mr Sharif has again provided robust momentum to the country-wide movement against the PCO judges.

As it has done since the coalition was formed in March this year, the PPP immediately entered into parleys toto the Supreme Court which put off the election, providing a temporary relief but the standoff continues. Mr Sharif still refuses to appear in the SC and the PPP will have to get a decision in his favour if the coalition is to be saved. The question is, how long can this process continue? There is a limit to PML-N’s patience, which now indeed seems to be running out. The party believes the disqualification of Nawaz is a result of presidential game-playing and is deeply frustrated by the PPP’s reluctance to either remove the president or restore the pre-Nov 3 judges. Within the party, the hardliners – buoyed by recent surveys that show a rise in PML-N popularity – are also suggesting it may be time to part ways with the PPP. It is even being said that Nawaz Sharif had never okayed the increase in the SC bench included in the finance bill, but had in effect been duped into supporting it.

All this having been said some of the points raised by the LHC in its detailed judgment are cause for thought. The court has stated Sharif, now a vocal advocate of judicial independence, had in the past ridiculed the institution and had filed a false affidavit with his nomination papers, stating he was not disqualified from contesting elections. The problem is that the lack of confidence in the independence of the judiciary complicates the situation. As it stands at present, the picture is a rather cloudy one. The PPP-PML-N partnership is once more under severe strain, the courts are perceived as not being neutral, the president is suspected of pursuing his own agenda – and given this set of grim circumstances, it seems the political crisis we are caught up in is not likely to vanish any time soon. One quick resolution of the crisis would be for the PPP to move quickly and swiftly on its constitutional package, so that the restoration and appointment or continuation of the PCO judges is done and over with.

attempt and pacify its disgruntled partner. After discussions with Mian Nawaz Sharif and PML-N leaders the government went

Musharraf toeing US line to break Pakistan: A Q Khan

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

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RAWALPINDI: President Pervez Musharraf is working on the US agenda of dismembering Pakistan by 2015, a news agency reported here Wednesday quoting renowned Pakistani nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan.

It quoted Dr Khan as having told an Urdu-language weekly published from New York in a telephonic interview that Musharraf is doing whatever the US wants. He said the US plans to break up Pakistan by 2015.

Bitterly criticising the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), he said it is not an international organisation but belongs to the Americans and Jews and he is not bound to appear before the IAEA.

According to the report circulated by the South Asian News Agency, Dr Khan said that Libya is lying as Tripoli did not get anything from Islamabad. He said they purchased nuclear hardware from the person from whom Pakistan had purchased nuclear hardware. He said he admitted it not because of any fear but in the interest of the country. He said at that time he was told that if he did not accept the allegations, the country might be bombed.

Dr Khan, who is respected as a national hero in Pakistan, said that now it is time to show the real picture to the nation because the other side is spreading false stories one after another. He said that his report would not remain under wraps like the Hamoodur Rehman Commission report because he has told each and everything to his family and the nation would soon know the truth.

About the threat to his life, Dr Khan said he is a true Muslim and believes that life and death are in the hands of Almighty Allah, therefore, he is not afraid of death. About procurement of conventional weapons by Pakistanto the nuclear weapons and are being bought just to receive commissions. In this regard, he referred to the construction of flyovers in Karachi and said that in the areas inhabited by the poor there are big potholes all around. When big projects are executed, he added, these are meant to receive commissions.

Commenting on the personality of Benazir Bhutto, Dr Khan said she was a wise woman and had she been alive, the situation would have been different now. He feared that she might have been eliminated because she had announced to investigate the affairs of the nuclear programme.

About Nawaz Sharif, Dr Khan said he is a brave man and remains committed to whatever he says. Regarding Asif Zardari, he said that he does not know much about him. He profusely praised Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and said he is a great person. About his oath under the PCO (Provisional Constitutional Order), Dr Khan recalled that some companions of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) were non-believers before embracing Islam but they cannot be remembered as non-believers.

Online adds: Dr Khan said Benazir Bhutto was assassinated by those very elements that were responsible for forcing him to confess smuggling of nuclear plans. He disclosed that Israel had once been warned of the destruction of Tel Aviv if it ever tried to attack Pakistan. despite having nuclear weapons, he said they have no value as compared

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