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.”