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FO pooh poohs A Q Khan’s allegations

By Diplomatic Correspondent

ISLAMABAD – Government of Pakistan has categorically rejected the blames of Dr A Q Khan and said that it’s a false statement made by former nuclear scientist.

In a press note issued by Foreign Office (FO) on Sunday, said, the matter regarding transfer of nuclear technology had been thoroughly investigated in the year 2003-4. It had been clearly established that the proliferation activity was an individual act, and did not carry authorization of any Pakistani Government, at any stage.

The FO Spokesman further said that the so called Dr A Q Khan affair was a closed chapter. Pakistan has taken all necessary measures in support of nuclear nonproliferation and extended full cooperation to the international community.

Mean while, Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) has rebutted Dr A Q Khan’s assertion that he transferred nuclear technology on BB’s orders.

Spokesperson PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar has strongly rebutted Dr A.Q Khan’s assertion that he transferred nuclear materials and technology to two countries on the orders of former Prime Minister Shaheed Mohtamra Benazir Bhutto.

The assertion of A Q Khan is a belated and desperate attempt to wash the guilt of proliferating nuclear weapons by associating the name of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto to lend a semblance of respectability to a crime that brought huge embarrassment and inflicted incalculable damage on Pakistan, Senator Farhatullah Babar said in a statement.

Farhatullah Babar said that public memory was not so short as to forget the public apology tendered by A.Q Khan on national television in February 2004 in which acknowledging nuclear proliferation and also admitted his guilt thus, “I have much to answer for it”.

Dr. Khan would do well to re-read his February 2004 public statement on national television and remember that the words and sentences he uttered on that fateful day can never be recalled.

Senator Farhatullah Babar said that Dr Khan now owed another public apology, this time to the soul of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and to her innumerable followers and admirers for hurling baseless and unfounded allegations against her.

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