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July 7, 2008


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July 5, 2008


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Pakistan ‘knew of nuclear flight’

Disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist AQ Khan (undated file photo)
It was a North Korean plane, and the army had complete knowledge about it and the equipment
AQ Khan

Disgraced scientist AQ Khan has said that Pakistan transported nuclear material to North Korea with the full knowledge of the country’s army.

In media interviews, he said that the army supervised a flight of centrifuges to Pyongyang in 2000.

At the time, the current President Pervez Musharraf was head of the army.

He has repeatedly stated that no-one apart from Dr Khan had any knowledge of the nuclear transportations which caused international concern.

Dr Khan said that uranium enrichment equipment was sent in a North Korean plane loaded under the supervision of Pakistani security officials.

‘Complete knowledge’

The BBC’s Barbara Plett, in Islamabad, says that Dr Khan’s latest claims contradict a public confession he made in 2004 that he was solely responsible for exporting nuclear technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya.

Our correspondent says that the comments are the most controversial accusations made by Dr Khan since he recently began defending himself in statements to the media.

His remarks also contradict the oft-stated line of the Pakistani government that neither it nor the army had any knowledge of the exports.

Pakistan-made Shaheen 1 missile

AQ Khan has been at the forefront of developing Pakistan’s nuclear capacity

“It was a North Korean plane, and the army had complete knowledge about it and the equipment,” Dr Khan said.

Pakistan’s newly-elected government has relaxed restrictions on Mr Khan, who was put under house arrest in 2004 by the then military leader, President Musharraf.

He is still detained but has begun speaking to the media by telephone.

He said the army must have been aware of the centrifuges exports since it supervised all defence consignments and special flights.

‘Extremely embarrassing’

Dr Khan also said the president must have known about the shipment, because he had written about it in his memoirs.

But when pressed he stopped short of directly implicating Mr Musharraf, saying he did not know who specifically was responsible.

The allegations are highly controversial, correspondents say, and could prove extremely embarrassing for the army.

Pervez Musharraf

President Musharraf argues that only AQ Khan knew of the nuclear transfers

President Musharraf’s spokesman, Rashid Qureshi, dismissed Dr Khan’s claims.

“I can say with full confidence that it is all lies and false statements,” he said.

Other government departments – including the army and foreign ministry – declined to comment on Friday.

The retired scientist has spoken increasingly to the media since a new government was elected in Pakistan earlier this year.

When asked why he had taken sole responsibility for the nuclear scandal in 2004, Dr Khan said he had been persuaded that it was in the national interest.

In return, he said, he had been promised complete freedom, but “those promises were not honoured”.

Dr Khan also said that he travelled to North Korea in 1999 with a Pakistani general to purchase shoulder-launched missiles.

His wife this week went to the Islamabad High Court in a bid to end restrictions on her husband’s movements.

Dr Khan was pardoned by President Musharraf after admitting illegally transferring nuclear secrets to other countries including Libya, Iran and North Korea.

But in recent weeks he has retracted his confession.


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JULY 05, 2008


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JULY 05, 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 24, 2008

Nawaz barred from by-poll: LHC allows Shahbaz to remain in office

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JUNE 24, 2008

June 24, 2008 Tuesday Jamadi-us-Sani 19, 1429

By Syed Faisal Shakeel
 LAHORE, June 23: The Lahore High Court on Monday disqualified Pakistan Muslim League-N leader Mian Nawaz Sharif from contesting the June 26 by-election.

A full bench of the court also declared that an election petition against the candidature of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif would remain pending, but he would continue to serve as the provincial chief executive until an election tribunal decided about his nomination.

The bench, comprising Justice Abdul Shakoor Paracha, Justice M. Bilal Khan and Justice Syed Shabbar Raza Rizvi, was constituted on Saturday after two members of an earlier bench had refused to hear the petitions.

The Sharif brothers have faced legal challenges to their nomination. On May 5, an election tribunal comprising two LHC judges had handed down a split verdict on the objections raised against them. Following the tribunal’s decision, the Election Commission had allowed them to remain in the run.

But Syed Khurram Shah, a voter, and Noor Elahi, an independent candidate against Nawaz Sharif for National Assembly seat NA-123 had moved the High Court against the commission’s decision to permit the PML-N leaders to contest the by-election on technical grounds without deciding about the legal status of their nomination.The Sharif brothers did not contest the case on the ground that they did not accept the ‘PCO judges’.

The high court was proceeding ex parte against them after turning down applications by several of their supporters, including lawyers and the speaker of the provincial assembly, to become a party to the case.

Still, several lawyers, including Akram Shaiekh, Ashtar Ausaf Ali, A.K. Dogar and Khwaja Haris defended them on behalf of the Punjab Assembly speaker, the provincial government and the Pakistan Lawyers’ Forum.

Independent candidate Noor Elahi contended through advocate Qazi Mohiuddin that Nawaz Sharif was a “convict, a dishonest person and a defaulter”.

He said PML-N’s argument that the presidential pardon under Article 45 of the Constitution had removed all charges against Mr Sharif could not be taken into consideration because the president could end a punishment, but not a conviction under a court order.

Advocate Raza Kazim, representing Khurram Shah, said the Election Commission had not allowed the process of scrutiny of Shahbaz Sharif’s nomination papers by deeming the split verdict of the election tribunal as final.

“The chief election commissioner has the power to increase the number of judges in the tribunal as well as the time limit for holding the election.

He could have inducted another judge into the tribunal and changed the election schedule to allow the complete scrutiny of the papers to go through,” he argued. Advocate Akram Sheikh argued that Mr Shah had no legal power to challenge Shahbaz Sharif because he was not a candidate. “Shabaz’s election has already taken place after the Election Commission has declared him successful for being opposed by no other candidate,” he argued.

Mr Sheikh also had an altercation with Justice Bilal when the bench sought his views on Mr Kazim’s argument. “If you shout, I would shout too,” he said after the judge told him to stick to the point and not indulge in self-praise.

Advocate Ashtar Ausaf Ali said the court had sent the case against Shahbaz Sharif to a tribunal that did not exist.

The Sharif brothers and their supporting lawyers said they would not challenge the decision in any court, but Mr Ali said a decision in this regard would be taken in a party meeting.

The PML-N Lawyers’ Forum held a demonstration on the court premises and criticised the PCO judges for handing down an adverse verdict against their leader.

The Punjab Assembly adjourned its proceedings till Tuesday as soon as news about the court decision broke out.

PML-N legislators held a demonstration outside the assembly building and alleged thatthe decision was politically motivated.


June 23, 2008

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