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A.Q. Khan Takes Back Nuclear Confession

Posted on May 29, 2008
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Taking one for the country: A.Q. Khan now claims that allegations against him are false.

Did he or didn’t he? Four years ago, A.Q. Khan, often referred to as the “Father of the Pakistani Bomb,” confessed that he had passed nuclear secrets to North Korea, Iran and Libya. Now, as he awaits his possible release from house arrest, Khan says he made a false confession.


President Pervez Musharraf granted him a full pardon, but Western countries believe he did not come clean on the scale of his nuclear activities.

“These are all false allegations,” Dr Khan told the BBC Urdu service.

Dr Khan quoted politicians and a former army chief, who said the allegations against the scientist were false and there had been pressure on him to confess.

When asked why he was put under pressure, he said: “If one person takes responsibility, you save the country.”

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By Dan Davenport MD, December 21, 2010 at 8:37 pm Link to this comment
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Read “Deception:Pakistan, The United States,and the Secret
Trade in Nuclear Weapons (2008 Adrian Levy & Catherine
Scott-Clark)  It appears CIA dollars were diverted from
the Mujahadeen in the 1980’s to fund the Pakistani nuclear
weapons program led by Kahn. So we actually should be
asking for a cut of those sales profits from N. Korea
et al!!  That book is a great read! No wonder the US
government has covered this whole thing up for 30 years.

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By kushk, May 30, 2008 at 8:41 am Link to this comment

A.Q. Khan is right.. he did not “pass on” nuclear bomb building knowledge and hardware to sleazy regimes of Libya, Iran, and North Korea. Rather, he sold it to them for a lot of personal profit.  A.Q. Khan’s shady and illegal nuclear transactions made him a millionaire .  A.Q. Khan is like those low-life thieves who steal   stuff from their own employer, and sell the merchandise to equally sleazy characters.  A.Q. Khan exploited his name and prestige for personal gain. Naming A.Q. Khan as the “father” of Pakistan’s Nuclear Bomb, convinced him that he personally owned Pakistan’s nuclear program.  Which is why he thinks he has done no wrong.

A.Q. Khan does have a point.  Such a wide international nuclear smuggling operation could not have been done without co-conspirators in Pakistan’s dictatorial government.  Through lavish bribes, A.Q. Khan was sharing his ill-gotten wealth with key Pakistani Generals in-charge of the corrupt government of Pakistan.  This ring of criminals includes General Musharraf and many others.

A.Q. Khan’s is, therefore, right.  His forced confession was obtained not to save the “country” but to save the corrupt Generals and other Pakistani officials who shared A.Q. Khan’s loot obtained from N.Korea, Libya, and Iran.

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By jatihoon, May 29, 2008 at 1:30 pm Link to this comment

Does he or does he not, only Pakistan I.S.I and president knows for sure.I am dieing, but not lying, says Pedlar of nuclear technology, A.Q. Khan.

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