Dr. A. Q. Khan Speaks Out

Posted on July 4, 2008
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Abdl Qadeer KhanI am watching television right now and every news channel is reporting the latest interview by Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan. This interview came as a surprise to many people here in Pakistan and is sending shock waves around the world (wait and see after 4th July holiday in US).

Dr. Khan, who remains popular across Pakistan has lived in the shadows since 2004, confined to his Islamabad home. People of Pakistan last saw him in a tearful televised confession in which he admitted selling nuclear technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya. President Musharraf has been telling Pakistanis since 2004 that Dr. Khan did it for money and personal greed. In his interview on May 30 2008, given to British newspaper Guardian, Dr. Khan claimed that he took the blame on himself in the national interest. Dr. Khan has been in the news for last few weeks because of his detention case in the Islamabad High Court but today he returned to the spotlight with a new twist: that North Korea received centrifuges from Pakistan in a 2000 shipment supervised by the security forces during the rule of President Pervez Musharraf.

According to Dr. Khan, the uranium enrichment equipment was sent from Pakistan in a North Korean plane that was loaded under the supervision of Pakistani security officials. He claims that the security forces had “complete knowledge” of the shipment and that it must have been sent with the consent of President Pervez Musharraf. Dr. Khan also disclosed that North Korea gave 200 missiles to Pakistan during Kargil War on his request without any payment. However, the government sources have completely rejected the statement, saying such reports are part of propaganda against Pakistan’s nuclear program.

Dr. Khan has often insisted in recent past too that if anything at all was smuggled to North Korea, Iran or Libya, it was in complete knowledge of Pakistan Army, particularly the ISI Chief Gen. Mahmood Ali Durrani (later the Pak Ambassador to US and currently national security adviser) and other officials in-charge of logistics etc. as it was not possible for him to do something like that alone. The centrifuges are large cylinders which cannot be just transported in a brief case. They need special care for transportation. American officials have even given the flight numbers which allegedly transported the nuclear material.

Talking to media Dr. Khan said that he didn’t say anything new and he just explained what Gen. Musharraf has already disclosed in his book, In The Line of Fire. According to Geo TV:

Abdul Qadeer KhanRenowned nuclear scientist, Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan has said that President Pervez Musharraf had already published 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. Talking to Geo News, Dr. A. Q. Khan said when he was asked by a foreign news agency whether the centrifuges were sent to N. Korea he replied that this had already been published in the President’s book. Dr. Khan said any question regarding the dispatch of centrifuges be put to President Pervez Musharraf. “Nothing could be sent without the supervision of the security forces,” he said. He expressed hope that his detention will end soon.

I don’t know how much damage this latest interview will cause to already under-threat nuclear program of Pakistan. But I believe that the way Gen. Musharraf and his regime has treated Dr. Khan since 2004, something like that was bound to happen. No matter whether Dr. Khan is a national hero as majority of Pakistanis still believe he is or a thief as some claim, we must not forget that he is a human being after all.

Allegedly, he was not even allowed to walk out of his home and meet anyone at all since 2004. His elder daughter Dina Khan was not allowed to meet him for one year. Just last week, the Deputy Attorney General claimed in Islamabad High Court and in front of media that Dr. Khan is absolutely free to meet anyone and no restrictions are placed on him. The same evening, many local TV channels showed live how Dr. Sahab was stopped by security officials to go to a dental clinic when he was suffering form severe pain his teeth. The officials ignored him for more than 24 hours until he came out, sat in the middle of road and refused to go back inside. Only then the permission was granted to take him to a dental clinic and the whole drama was shown live on a local channel Express News.

Abdul Qadeer Khan

I believe that the authorities should immediately talk to Dr. Khan, lift restrictions on him so that everything could be settled. Sensitive matters like this should never come on media like that and we should close this matter ASAP. I think its a very dangerous trend that we make people believe in something for decades and then suddenly expect them to believe otherwise. Lets hope wisdom prevails before its too late.

Reference: Yahoo News Story on the topic here.

70 Comments on “Dr. A. Q. Khan Speaks Out”

  1. Riaz Haq says:
    July 5th, 2008 12:23 am

    It is hard to say what the truth is. However, covert deals and transfers of sensitive weapons are not uncommon in the world. You can find many examples in the past where the US and others have done so, albeit not necessarily nuclear capability. Such covert activities are usually done in a way to maintain plausible deniability. With AQ Khan making such explicit allegations implicating the highest levels of the former military government ( most likely with the approval of the current government) on such a sensitive issues could have significant negative fall-out for Pakistan’s nuclear program. I hope the new government has sense enough to realize the consequences of its decision to let AQ Khan speak freely on this subject. The US and the IAEA will now insist on detailed direct interviews with Mr. Khan.

  2. alibhae says:
    July 5th, 2008 1:13 am

    Just when the US govt. is trying to get the congress to triple the amount of aid to Pakistan we get stabbed in the back. It will be extremely hard, if not impossible for president Bush to get bipartisan support to get the Pakistani aid through congress. All this when the new Pakistani government has presented a budget of $30Billion with an $11billion deficit. How does anyone propose this deficit is filled without aid from, through, or consent of the USA.

    Forgive me if I see a conspiracy to destabilize the PPP government and malign Musharraf and our military in one stroke with the sole aim of getting the former baldies to the helm. I never said AQ khan for president, the gunja did.

  3. Irfan Gul says:
    July 5th, 2008 1:15 am

    I have no more respect for this man than I have for Gen. Musharraf. Or for that matter for Mr. Zardari or Mr. Sharif. Sabb kay sabb chor hain mulk kay.

  4. Obi Wan Kenobi says:
    July 5th, 2008 1:33 am

    Where are all Nawaz Sharif lovers who wanted this man out ?? Mush did the right thing to keep him in hole for 4 years. Get rid of this man ASAP. If AQ Khan was sincere to Pakistan, he would have never said such things. For him his personal fame and independence is much important than country. What a loser. If I were Mush, I would have got him died by now on hospital bed.

  5. Sarmad says:
    July 5th, 2008 1:45 am

    The nuclear Club doesn’t have just one member: the USA. What does this mean? Simple fact that there has been a continual transfer (not theft) of technology. Israel too is an undeclared nuclear power. Why are the Asian countries only subjects of witch hunting? Dr Qadeer and likes of him alone can not and do not make such signifying decisions. But they are expendable. That is the farce of it! It is easier to blame individuals than to accuse a government. Grant Americans that much wisdom. India would soon realize, i.e. if they haven’t already done so, that they too are expendable. Their nuclear dream would remain dream: America would leave them high and dry. Dr Qadeer in his inevitable megalomania tells us Koreans threw away 200 missiles on his request. Why Sir? Such cheritable attitudes are never credited to an individual. We may be credulous but not BLIND & DEAF! This calculated leak smacks of yet another sinister design. Soon everyone would know who the real beneficiary would be.

  6. ShahidnUSA says:
    July 5th, 2008 3:52 am

    How irresponsible!
    Here we being no body, watch and weigh every word and tone and overthere Mr Gunja and Mr Atomic are just a loose cannons.
    This is not how you protest your house arrest and prostate complications.

  7. Aamir Ali says:
    July 5th, 2008 6:26 am

    This AQ Khan fellow needs to be put back in solitary confinement until he leaves this world through a natural death. He was fully involved in the entire scandal and is now coming in media and making statements just pure out of spite and ego.

  8. Shazia Shamim says:
    July 5th, 2008 7:36 am

    It is very hard.I must only say that if Dr.AQ Khan took the blame in the national interest then please stop speaking further any thing about it “in the national interest”.All nations did these under the supervision of their security officials but no one opened their mouth.So we also shut our mouths it will be better for our country.I hope new government has sense enough to relize that what the truth is and how to handle it.

  9. Hammad says:
    July 5th, 2008 7:46 am

    By looking at the comments of my fellow readers, i am getting the impression that nobody consider it morally wrong that Pakistan illegally sold nuclear technology to other countries. The only problem it seems is that it got leaked out.

    Neither any body have any problem that if AQ Khan is saying truth then Musharraf and whole Pakistani govt have hidden a gross truth and deceived pakistani nation for half a decade.

    Perhaps, Like operation Gibraltar, Kargil war and Jihadi camps in Kashmir, the real culprits, in the eyes of Pakistani readership, are not those who exercised these. The real traitors in the eyes of Nation are those who have tried to make nation aware of it.

  10. Zaka says:
    July 5th, 2008 8:02 am

    Top 20 Reasons Why Musharraf is hated in Pakistan Today.

    20. Bungling Kargil operation and tragic loss of Pakistan army Jawan lives for a lost cause.

    19. Rigging Elections of 2003 and creating of rubber stamp parliament.

    18. Creating PML-Q and installing crook Chaudhry brothers in Punjab.

    17. Punishing opposition and democratic voice by creating false cases through NAB and jailing them through false cases.

    16. Installing cronies and ass kissers to key positions of Pakistan government

    15. Making incompetent Shaukat Aziz as PM of Pakistan.

    14. Arresting and humiliation A.Q Khan and making him apologize on National TV.

    13. Abduction, kidnapping, sale and killing of Pakistani nationals in name of war on terror

    12. Mismanaging water resources, used dams as political propaganda means.

    11. Selling Pakistan

  11. rashad says:
    July 5th, 2008 8:08 am

    some god damn national hero Mr. AQ khan turned out to be! “took the blame for national interest”..yea right!and now opened my tongue abt it for some personal interests!(like a fat cheque from we know where and who!)the bastard serves his personal interests only..guess we had it comin thnx to our very very stupid media..and even more stupid government..4 years this guy didn’t say a word n today all of sudden he claims to have been the scapegoat..there is no conspiracy goin on here against PPP, its jes plain n simple..AQ khan is givin pretext for military action agaisnt pakistan ..and we can thank the gunja brothers (technically they aren’t gunja ne more).. and of course every1′s homi Mr colgate dental shine n smile n fool em all..

  12. rashad says:
    July 5th, 2008 8:12 am


    nuclear technology is being smuggled under the watchful eyes of the world superpowers and isreal..even our came thru tht door..every1 knows tht..its not news to ne 1 ..yes its bad..but even we stole it..trust me we didn’t come up with it..

  13. Anwar says:
    July 5th, 2008 9:17 am

    So he finally cracked. He was put on much higher pedestal than he deserved – a front man for the covert program.

    Under the current circumstances he could have served his country by enduring the pressure rather than cracking up.

    Like many other situations once again Pakistan has become a ring for settling personal scores – Is he any different from our illustrious CJ, Zardari, Nawaz, and Musharaf…?

  14. Abdul Hai says:
    July 5th, 2008 9:55 am

    Any Pakistani government who is in power should lock AQ Khan up. The Israeli government has one of its citizen locked up for over a decade for talking about Israeli nuclear program.

    The other issue is the oppurtunities Pakistan lost in developing and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. Since 1979, South Korea has become a leader in generating nuclear power by building 16 nuclear power plants with the help of the USA, Canada, and France. However after building a single 150 MW CANDU plant in Karachi, everything stopped becuase of the AQ Khans initiative until the now inferior technolgy being used at Chasma recently. It stopped hundreds of Pakistani engineers trained in nuclear power plant design and construction to help their country. We would not have the load shedding and loss of economic power associated with it now if the peaceful use of the atomic energy was selected.

    At the end of the day it is economic power which makes nations strong and not the military power. I know people will talk of India and Kargil in defense of having a bomb. However, these events were self created by our leaders.

  15. Ahsan says:
    July 5th, 2008 11:11 am

    It seems that our current politicians or rulers want to defame army to strangle their hold tight on the power. Last week Zardari blamed West for favoring Pakistani army instead of Pakistani people which resulted in this militarization and talibanisation of the whole region. They are trying to repeat the trick of army rulers who always defamed politicians in the past to usurp the whole power in the country. Politicians are trying to be smart but using Dr. Qadeer can be quite troublesome. This is not the way to go about it. Actually it is all power after which they are running like mad dogs whether it is army rulers or politicians. I see no difference in army dictatorship and political tyranny. They all seek absolute power regardless of what it can do to the country. Unfortunately, Dr Saheb has been exploited this time around. May Allah save Pakistan!

  16. Eidee Man says:
    July 5th, 2008 11:32 am

    I think he was seriously wronged by Musharraf and his people. But I don’t think his own actions have been that great either; only an idiot would believe that a nuclear weapons program would hinge on a single person’s abilities. There is probably a very large team, most of whom decided not to capitalize on the emotions of a charged populace and gain personal notoriety in the process.

    Whether Khan became the scapegoat for everything, I’m not sure; but he certainly did put himself in contention for this when he used the same thing to gain fame in the first place. So it is natural that the blame would be put to him as well.

    And now, just like Musharraf himself, he is trying to defame his enemies, but he is really defaming and endangering Pakistan more than anything else.

  17. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    July 5th, 2008 11:53 am

    Qadeer Khan is saying the obvious. The security apparatus is the main culprit.

  18. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    July 5th, 2008 12:09 pm

    @ The whole Pak nation is with our Hero
    A.Q Khan, except 4 commenters.

    Namak-Haram hamesha say, apni ginti mein,
    Kuch hindsay, wafadaari kay, bhool jatey hein

    LONG LIVE Abdel Qadeer

  19. Akbar Hussain says:
    July 5th, 2008 12:14 pm

    It is unfortunate to read some of the comments against the great man who has probably served Pakistan better than the generals and politicians. He is my hero because, by making us a nuclear state, he has made it possible for us to cut down our military to half, if we want to. We don’t need to spend more than half of our budget on military expenses and may be its time to focus on social welfare aspect of Pakistani state. When we will come out of ‘national security’ which has given nothing but poverty and death to poor people of this country. Why not spending half of defense budget on food, water and shelter for citizens?

    What Dr. AQ Khan has said is nothing new and already mentioned in dictator Musharraf’s book so what the big deal if he has explained a few things in public. A C130 was shipping centrifuges to N. Korea and the poor old Mush and generals didn’t know it. What should we call it, innocence or incompetence of ISI and the generals? I would suggest a trial on this issue so that we know who did what? Who made money? If calling our heroes “thief” and hiding generals corruption is protecting national interest then I would rather throw it away. Actually, the confession text itself proves what he is saying now. Just read it carefully and focus on the line which goes something like “I did it in good faith and in the best interest of nation”.

    Give the man respect he deserves. He is dying.

  20. konpal abdullah says:
    July 5th, 2008 12:29 pm

    I just read your report regarding Dr.Qadeer and feel it necessary to let readers have a peek into the past. The day was March 28,1998 and we at my mother’s saw the triumphant faces of a prime minister and a couple of scientists who had successfully tested their nuclear weapons.It was a Friday and the whole nation was brimming with pride at this newly found sence of security. Two days later at around 20.00 hrs I get a call that my Khalo( My mother’s brother-in-law) has expired. The drs. say it was a robust attack of asthma but to date it is not clearly known how and what happened. His name was KHALID LATEEF BATTA. A nuclear scientist who came to Pakistan in 1979 during Z.A.Bhutto’s rule alongwith Dr. Qadeer and party. The way my aunts family was treated after his death is beyond explanations but what is important is the truth.THE QUESTION IS TO WHOM DO WE TURN FOR THE TRUTH. TO THE PRESIDENT WHO CAN THROW THE WHOLE OF THE JUDICIARY AT HIS MOODS WHIM OR THE CO-CHAIRPERSON WHO HAS HAD ALL CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST HIM COZ NOW HE FEELS LIKE A PARTY TIME AT THE NATIONS COST.
    The choice is yours. We all have a goldfish memory which is why we all forget that its all plain talk and nothing solid comes out of the words we all hear day after day.

  21. Aamir Ali says:
    July 5th, 2008 1:57 pm

    Is this AQ Khan some baiqasoor fellow who was wrongly blamed for proliferation or was he part and parcel of this network? I believe it is the latter.

  22. abdul says:
    July 5th, 2008 2:10 pm

    All this was known to the west, nothing new, except now there is a hard proof…

    i would not be surprised if there are more problems for the nation , like direct in tervention from the USA?

  23. Ahmad R. Shahid says:
    July 5th, 2008 2:19 pm

    Direct intervention of the USA is highly exaggerated. The USA is too embroiled in Afghanistan and Iraq to directly intervene in any other’s affairs and that too a country of the size of Pakistan. It is high time that we leave this propaganda behind and come to senses.

  24. Irfan Gul says:
    July 5th, 2008 2:19 pm

    Guyz, this is just the latest media stunt from this guy. He has made a career out of getting media attention. He stole all the credit from the scientists who actually did the work, then he gave that interview to the Indian journalist, and all the time he only promoted himself. This time he may be telling the truth, but again only for his own personal agenda.

  25. S.Suleman.Q says:
    July 5th, 2008 5:00 pm

    We all nurture our children with an aim of watching them enjoying pinnacle of achievements and in process of parenting we sometimes narrate them concocted stories and tell lies which in fact is for their good and betterment. We hide many facts from them which we know are only suitable once time matures and they are able to understand the difference between its pros and cons. This may be a simple example but this hold true in case of our dear scientist Dr A.Q .Khan. To be honest, now I really don

  26. jamshed nazar says:
    July 5th, 2008 7:40 pm

    Dr. Khan has a contibution towards developing Pakistan’s nuclear defense capabilities for which he must be given due credit.

    Regarding “proliferation” all this debate is nonsense and a pressure point for the Americans to exploit for. Every nation that developed nhuclear weapons did it by stealing or bartering scientists and technology from other countries.

    We gave the Norh Koreans centrifuges and we got all these missiles in return which we painted as Ghauri / Ghaznawi / Abdali etc. Not a bad deal.

    If Dr Khan made some money from it, good for him. Atleast he is worth it. If a General makes money off it, that is real corruption because he does not add any value.

    By the way, the nuclear weapons that Pakistan developed are good for nothing dudds. They cannot save us from the Indians, Americans and now even the Afghans are threatening us with hot pursuit in our territories.

    The only value from this nuclear technology is the free oil we get from UAE and Saudis since we give them a false impression of our backing against their possible conflict against Iran.
    Maybe in the long term, someone may have sense to put this technology to serious use by setting up a dozen nuclear power plants to solve the energy crisis.

    I was in Government College back in 1989 when Dr Khan visited it. I remember standing for hours with a poster titled “Hum zida qaum hain / We are a nation Alive” and Dr Sahib waved me a salute as he passed by.
    Dr. Khan has been a true hero and a doer in a nation of babus and clerks. As a sceintist and an engineer he has been an inspiration for many and he has shown that technology acheivements can be made even in a Pakistani environment.

    One of my friends from Turkey in Engineering Univ, Lahore came to Pakistan as a foreign exchange student only because he had learnt that Pakistan had dveloped nuclear capabilities and he thought that Pakistan must have a strong science and research environment to have made it at that level. He was quite disappoited after 5 years of his university days in Lahore :-)

    The problem is the Army and the Generals and their mindset. They need control and they need security threats in order to playout their war games.

  27. July 5th, 2008 8:03 pm

    This is a crisis of character. Even Dr. Khan is willing to burn the entire house on all of us just because he has a problem with President Musharraf. Shame on all those who encouraged the likes of Jamshed Gulzar Kiyani to divulge our secrets. And the media kept encouraging them. Is there no sane man left among you?

  28. Muhammad Uzair Sukhera says:
    July 6th, 2008 12:15 am

    I would like to state that mr. A Q khan has just put forward his case by suggesting that the smuggling of the centrifuges could not have been possible without the prior knowlegde of the military cheifs. This statement has nothing wrong in it, on principle. If incase, we assume that the military chiefs were not aware, then it implies that our nuclear assets don’t have any security! any insider can get access to a few centrifuges and then smuggle them out without any one noticing?
    The centrifuges, as we know of them, were never a possession of Mr. A Q Khan and if he could smuggle them it certainly means that “Our national assets are not safe”.
    So kindly, i would like to suggest is, that we must weight our own opinion before posting rather than to tell mr A Q Khan to have weighed his views before speaking up!

  29. the truth says:
    July 6th, 2008 5:00 am

    Qadeer Khan has no shame. He is a simple materials scientist and a successful smugglar and nothing else. Since when did that become the criterion of greatness?

    Qadeer Khan must be tried for treason alongwith his friend Musharraf for very different reasons.

  30. the truth says:
    July 6th, 2008 5:18 am

    Konpal your story would make sense if you had not messed up the dates as you did.

    Nukes were tested on 28th May not March. Considering that you’ve got your time down to the hours, your mistake seems to betray that you are probably not telling the truth.

  31. Shamshad says:
    July 6th, 2008 6:23 am

    Given Qadeer Khan’s past record, I would not be surprised if he is playing some sort of a double game again. I have learnt never to believe this man because of the way he tries to use the media like he did with the interview to the Indian press where he divulged that Pakistan had nuclear bombs. I think this one is also planted. I wonder for whom> BUt I am sure that there is a secret deal behind this too.

  32. July 6th, 2008 6:37 am

    Please for the timebeing think that A.Q.Khan is telling lie to save himself,than use your commonsense to think that is it possible to smuggle centifuses in brief case?when it is said that the same were smuggled in aircraft to outside pakistan.Now ask yourselves a question>that can it be taked out of pakistan from Airport in Aircraft in cyllinders such a sensitive material like centrifuses >without the knowledge of >Army>Pervez Musarraf as Army Chief ,As Sole Authority in Pakistan>secret agencies ISS etc.??? Any how present Army Chief should arrest all resposibles to investigate trueth so to give drastic punishments to save pakistan honour.>we can fool our people but can not fool the world.pakistan zindabad

  33. Umar Akbar says:
    July 6th, 2008 6:48 am

    So, the nation eats grass while their rulers live like Shahanshahs and the father of the bomb lines his pockets with billions selling state secrets to the highest bidder. What a country, Mr Guide!

  34. raja poras says:
    July 6th, 2008 7:02 am

    how many times pakistanis will be slaughtered “in the name of National Interest”. the character behind disclosure of Atomic capability was ONE and ONLY our Mushahid Hussain Syed, on the behest of our agencies who accompanied Indian Journalist Kuldip Nayer and was rounded up near Kahuta. that was a slient message to indians that Pakistan is not ignorant of her defence capabilities. CURSE AQ Khan because he is a CRIMINAL but what about the corrupt Military junta?

  35. July 6th, 2008 7:19 am

    our present political coalition should adhered to their promises made through various declaration after various meetings/consultation with their coalition partners.Time is running .President Musarraf promising publicly to make you succeed and help you in completing 5 years.

  36. Memoona Hashmi says:
    July 6th, 2008 3:15 pm

    So much disillusion has been created in last 8 years about everything that now its hard to distinguish who is telling the truth and who is a lier.

    I don’t know why we should take the word of shameless crook like Musharraf who has no credibility left and still doesn’t want to get lost. Has there ever been a thing he said which turned out to be true? It seems like Musharraf and his generals are following another American agenda as they have been doing for last 8-9 years or so.

    Nonetheless, I feel sorry for AQ Khan and his family.

  37. sacre_vache says:
    July 6th, 2008 4:59 pm

    Thieves falling out. The megalomaniac purveyor of purloined plans, A Q Khan, complaining about the Army – he sure has a sense of irony. The na-paak kleptocrats (Army generals, ISI and the AQK network) have bled the country dry and this schmuck has the chutzpah to whine about unfair treatment. As they say, “Chaacha (AQK) chor, bhatija (the schmuck Mush) qazi, chaache ke ghar naubatbaazi”.

  38. Hossp says:
    July 6th, 2008 5:51 pm

    I am glad that he was talking. Restrained now but for how long?

    The army generals, and AQ Khan made money together then why is he only one made to suffer? They all should be house arrested too. Instead the retarded Generals are all over the TV and media making it look like they are the only patriot left in the country.

    National interest is not served by hiding things like. Transparency is needed and AQ Khan along with all the generals should appear on the TV and explained to the people and world what they did and why they did it.

  39. shahid (Houston) says:
    July 6th, 2008 7:52 pm

    I hope Dr. Qadeer has not gone cuckoos. The statement Dr. Qadeer has given is not only dangerous for him and musharaf but for the entire country.
    Dr. sahib should have known that if you throw a brick in a shit you’ll get soiled yourself. That’s what he has done. By admitting that centrifuges were sent to Korea by Gen. Musharaf does not absolve Dr. Qadeer of the crime. Admitting it to Associated Press expressly on this issue is shameful and derogatory. Just to throw an equalizer with musharaf the whole drama narrated by Dr. Qadeer to the International press is so depressing that one never expected this from a man of Dr. Qadeer’s caliber.
    Dr. Qadeer you are a Pakistani, hero of a nation because you happened to be in Pakistan. What ever happened with you at the hands of musharaf, right or wrong, the entire nation had sympathies with you. BUT not after what you have said in your interview to the Associated Press.
    Dr. Sahib if you think that in 1993 Korea gave 200 missiles to Pakistan just because of you that made you so proud of the fantasy world you are living in then GOD be with you.
    You were not supposed to tell it to the entire world.

  40. Hilal says:
    July 7th, 2008 1:54 am

    Well, we will never get the whole picture, but don’t forget Dr. AQK has said in one of his interviews, very recently that he had ONLY facilitated the meeting between them (the clients and the mafia). Isn’t this enough to tell the story?

  41. Dr. Shahid (HOUSTON) says:
    July 7th, 2008 2:58 am

    I just ended watching Dr. Qadeer’s interview with the foreign media and with GEO TV.
    Dr. Qadeer is such an idiot that he is repeating again and again that Musharaf has written in his book that scientific equipment was sent to Korea.
    Musharaf never has written that centrifuges were sent to Korea, infact he has written that he foiled an attempt made by Dr. Qadeer to send centrifuges to Korea.
    Dr. Sahib is persistent throughout the interview that ask him first (musharaf).
    Is Dr. Qadeer talking about LOVE LETTERS written to Korea?. Is this man devoid of any moral sense? that he has started issuing counter statements against musharaf without realizing what repercussions will Pakistan face out of this whole “BAKWAS”.
    The Government of Pakistan should put this spinning neutron in some mental asylum.

  42. Shaista Zahid says:
    July 7th, 2008 1:03 pm

    It makes me feel really bad when I see people living outside Pakistan commenting like morons on issues without having proper knowledge about facts. Musharraf has repeatedly given media interviews (including Geo) where he named the so called scientific equipment. He pretends like he is the only innocent and honest person in Pakistan. I don’t believe a single word said by a man who sell his own people to US for $$$. Check your facts first and then make rather hilarious comment sitting in Houston. How stupid anyone would be who think that US doesn’t know what and when things were sent. There are intelligence reports containing even the flight no. sent to N. Korea including a C130 (wow a C130 was sent without the knowledge of anyone – AQ Khan must be Mr. 007)

    I say put the bloody generals on trial and punish them so that next time anyone considers the consequences of any adventure like (sending an elected government home). We are tired of hiding the corruption and crimes of military janta in the name of national interest.

  43. Aamir Ali says:
    July 7th, 2008 3:33 pm

    Shaista Zahid:

    This issue was a dead one before Dr Qadeer resurrected it by giving media interviews, and adding some more info than was already available. He did this purely for his own ego and pride.

    Regarding Musharraf selling Pakistanis, when some of your dear country are international terrorists (e.g. Aimal Kasi, Khalid Sheikh Mohammad etc.) it is the job of the government to catch them and extradite them. If they get an international reward with it, then thats even better.

  44. meengla says:
    July 7th, 2008 10:03 pm

    Very shameful of Dr. Khan. Well, one shouldn’t be too surprised: His ego is taller than the Himalayas, judging by his media appearances before his detention.
    Alright, he may be correct in saying that the army was involved. But if you study his complaints carefully he is stressing that he chose to be a ‘scapegoat’ because he was ‘promised’ to be let free. Yeah, some price he has paid: Best medical treatment and home detention for being a scapegoat for ‘national interest’.

    This megalomanic may have been a good scientist but a mediocre personality. He was promised by Musharraf himself that IAEA would have to go over Mush’s body before AQKhan could be interrrogated but…Dr. Khan is corrupted by being a mere celebrity and is being an ingrat.

    Dr. Khan (or anyone who can reveal the content of this blog to him): You should have stayed silent. Especially at this critical juncture in Pakistan’s history. You, sir, are a disgrace to Pakistan!

  45. July 7th, 2008 11:27 pm

    The americans are trying to destroy the pakistani nationalism by this game. Destroy a country from WITHIN.

    The attack on the taliban and inside pakistan on marriage processions is EXACTLY for this reason.

    Its MISCHIEF !!!!!!!!!! by DESIGN

  46. legaleagle says:
    July 8th, 2008 2:28 am

    Dr. Khan recent burst out was a planned event thanks mainly to his son-in-law and PM Gillani old jail connections. The Government may have though that it will dent a few more holes in the Musharraf camp by doing this drama but it has ended up chopping its own two feet by irrevocably damaging Pakistan’s security interests!

    Dr. Khan is NO ANGEL nor the REAL MCCOY! He has made millions of dollars in dubious deals in the 80′s and 90′s (Governement turned a blind eye to his ventures due to the larger interest of a maturing nuke program). He hoarded the poistion of the DG of KRL labs for numerous years thereby being more of a dictator then a Government Servant. His habit of babbling at all occasions about his ‘achievements’ in the nuke sector has always been harmful to Pakistan. KRL and PAEC had always been at logger-heads in the past thanks to AQ Khan’s ego! His son-in-law has always been a black mailer and now roams around in a Mercedes Benz SLK and a Range Rover on Islamabad roads! Dr. Khan has numerous properties all over Pakistan including a house at Banni Gala which he had sold until a few years back. Where did he get the money to pile up this kind of a wealth on a Government Servants budget? Can anyone who thinks or calls him a hero ask this question first and foremost?

    Dr. AQ Khan has outlived his utility as a nuclear scientist. Nuke boys take the oath of complete silence and should never be allowed to step out of the shadows (name any scientist working on the US, UK, French, British or even Chinese nuke programs??). Nuke boys are like a businessman’s swiss bank accounts to which no one should have information or access. The more now Dr. Khan speaks the more I feel that he should now ultimately REST IN PEACE and very soon at that!

  47. Kashif Mirza says:
    July 8th, 2008 10:36 am

    I can see a beautifully planned division of Pakistani nationals. Pakistan is under a PPP Govt (Proxy Prime minister of Pakistan). Islam is being used as a weapon of mass division. Now the question is… “who is doing it all?” … nobody …but our own people and AQ Khan is one of them. In my view next 9-10 months are very very important for this region’s geogrpahic situation. May Allah bless us with a TRUE PAKISTANI NATIONAL SINCERE leader….otherwise a clear civil war and further deterioation is coming very very fast… which can lead us to Yoguslavia like fate….

  48. M. Imran says:
    July 8th, 2008 10:46 am

    It is sad to read comments from a bunch of thankless people who shamelessly criticize Dr. AQ Khan for helping us achieve permanent security. First you keep man (for taking blame of somebody else’s kaale kartoot) arrested like in his home for years and don’t even let his daughter to meet him and don’t allow him proper medical care and when he screams out of pain, you start hitting him further. What a wonderful example we are setting for future generations by humiliating a national hero.

    I am disgusted by reading some of the comments made by people, who probably don’t even live in Pakistan. AQ Khan is my HERO for ever.

    @ Aamir Ali: your comment is sick. If a Pakistani commits a crime then he or she should be put on trial and punished in Pakistan by Pakistanis. You don’t even know that Aimal Kasi was handed over to US by Farooq Leghari and not by Mush. Hudrends of thousands of people are missing in Pakistan today (including hundreds of Balochis). Dr. Afia is another example who was picked up along with her three little kids and sold to US. Reports are coming now that she is in Bagram airbase and has lost all her senses after brutal torture by US authorities. Her kids fate is still unknown.

    But I guess people like you would never understand this unless one of your relatives or you yourself will be picked by agencies and sold to US for few hundred thousand dollars.

    What a nation of thankless people.

  49. Umar Akbar says:
    July 8th, 2008 2:12 pm

    Dear Imran,

    Reference your comment:

    ‘What a wonderful example we are setting for future generations by humiliating a national hero.’

    Unfortunately, a person who divulged Pakistan’s most highly guarded secrets for personal gain, can lay no claim to the title of ‘national hero’. Of course, sometimes people are punished for doing the wrong thing, and, more often, for getting caught doing it. In Dr A. Q. Khan’s case, it is probably the latter. Nevertheless, what he did was wrong, no matter how you slice it or dice it. For example, look at the devastating and irreparable damage done to the country’s credibility- what little was left of it anyway. When you talk to someone from the developed world, and tell them you are from Pakistan, you can immediately feel an awkward silence hanging in the air, and the conversation goes downhill after that.

    The ups and then downs of Dr Khan’s life are a lesson to us all, particularly those riding their high horses, dreaming of immortality. I am not saying his ill-treatment is justified, I am only saying that you can either be a hero or a thief, but you can’t really be both. Whose pockets were the source of the billions that were pouring into the unauditable ‘programme’? Answer: Taxpayers. The man on the street who has to pay tax on the water he drinks, the electricity he uses, the daal and atta he purchases, he has knowingly or unknowingly, voluntarily or forcibly, paid from each rupee and every rupee he has ever earned. Only so that the money can be skimmed off into the bottomless pockets of ‘national heroes’? I don’t think it has any justification. Do you?

    If you really want to make a modern national hero out of someone, please find a philanthropist like Edhi or even a Doctor or a Teacher; I’m sure you’ll find many people more deserving of the title, and few, if any, to contest your judgment.

    Regards, Umar.

  50. One Pakistani says:
    July 8th, 2008 3:32 pm

    And yes his life is a lesson for us, we should all do our best for Pakistan and if money comes along, it would be welcomed too.

    Every Pakistani child should take him as a Role Model.

    YES WE LOVE HIM. He should be our President instead.

  51. methyl_isocyanate says:
    July 8th, 2008 8:51 pm
  52. konpal abdullah says:
    July 9th, 2008 8:33 am

    Dear Truth
    Apologies for the grave mistake in regards to the month but directly affronting someone as to their telling a lie can sometimes be detrimental to those who have gone thru tough times on behalf of those who dont seem to give a penny about those around you. Going thru all the posts submitted to ATP one can seriously say that we all have a right to freedom of speech. There are those who are Blatantly pointing fingers at The Dr or the president how about looking at things in a third person’s view. We are a very emotional nation by nature and who so ever says something lightly in regards to us, Islam or Pakistan we are ready to fight nail and tooth for our right. One contributer rightly said we have sold Aimal Kassi and others for a few thousand dollars and sit back and enjoy. One of my Colleagues at a foriegn Telecom company from Islamabad Office has not seen his brother in a year because he had enrolled at the LAL MASJID.Repeated complains have been made to the authority and yet we are unable to get any clue as to his whereabouts. Whom do we turn to. I make it a point to watch a T.V programme “BRASSTACKS” on TV1 at 20.00 on sundays and I agree with the expert ofthe programe that we have consciously given up all we have for some green bucks and then we complain.Ever thought Y. We elect tried and tested people year after year. Its not as if we are not trusting them but its more of “APNE PAER PE KHUD KULHARRI MARNE WALI BAAT.” KE JANTE BOOJHTE HUM UNHI LOAGON KO WAPIS LATTE HAIN JINHON NE HUMAIN BAICHNE MAIN KOI KAMI NAHIN RAKHI.

  53. Dr. Shahid (HOUSTON) says:
    July 9th, 2008 1:23 pm

    Shaista Zahid @

    Thank you for your such nice comments. Your language portrays your personality. moron (eh) .
    Probably you are from the interservices intelligence who knows all and rest are all idiots. (wow)

    If Dr. Qadeer was innocent why did he came on the national television to admit what he is involved in international nuke proliferation. Will you do the same if you were asked and ofcourse you are innocent ? NO.
    I have all the respect for Dr. Qadeer , his silence at this juncture would have made him much greater of a hero in the eyes of the Pakistani nation. He is not a man of integrity. Thats a settled question. COMPARINGLY !!!
    Chaudary Iftikhar, Chief Justice of Pakistan is a man of integrity who refused to submit to Musharaf’s orders. Had Iftikhar been a corrupt person he would have been completely eliminated from the scene by Musharaf.


  54. July 10th, 2008 3:08 pm
  55. August 6th, 2008 2:01 am

    The interview given by Dr. A Q Khan was ill-advised. A nuclear scientist has nothing to do with foreign press. It was a lapse on the part of the security agencies. Dr. Khan has done a lot for the country, but this does not entitle him to pull everything down. He must act responsibly.

    Some of the statements which he has given smacks of his links with the nuclear black marketeers.

  56. muhammad saleh says:
    August 8th, 2008 10:03 am

    i hate those peoples who said that he is a thief.he is a man who give a great position to pakistan in all over the world.he is a man of honor and respect.he should fight for justice.MR MUSHARAF should be treated for this shit thing about A.Q khan.we al nation should try our best for freedom of DR A.Q KHAN.lets work for this.

  57. Rahat says:
    October 9th, 2008 4:39 am

    He is the the man after Jinnah and bhutto who give alot of sacrifice. But unfortunately what is done with those people no body will act for the sake of pakistan and dark future for pakistan if not taken corrective meaurements.
    this all is due to Stupid Mussaraff.

  58. khalid mehmood says:
    March 18th, 2009 7:48 am

    he is a hero and a human aswell

    so wht do some of u want him to do?
    an idiot empty minded general put him under house arrest neva let him out.make him a criminal.even everyone knows its our blady curropt generals who have to do with all these nukes,and jus alone dr khan cant do nufing.
    so if someone afta doing so much for pakistan gets this in result wht do u want him to say?
    dr khan is a person with a vision.he was gona retire and he had a dream of opening uni near taxila and science and technical colleges all over pakistan.
    and look wht our uncompitent general did?????

    and thn when our ambasidor in us acts more like a US diplomat to pak,our foriegn minister acts like a mulla jatt,and our defense minster say”american drones only land at pakistani bases..they dont fly frm their” ….is it supose to be a joke…

    and how many of you living in us or uk would sacrifice your career and go back to pakistan while knowingly its not gona b the same and u gona be starting frm zero??????

    and someone mentioned its the taxpayers who pay the every penny for dr khan.
    so dear your same tax payers pay for the helicopters for pm and president,bullet proof cars,range rovers,audi,bmw x5…blah blah for some incompitents who dont deserve all this.
    atlest dr khan has delivered for wht he was payed.

  59. usman says:
    June 17th, 2009 9:00 am

    He is the asset of our country.We the people should look after this gentleman.Over government is insulting the pride of our country inthe shade of americans.

  60. pakistani says:
    July 29th, 2009 9:27 am

    Latest column of dr Abdul Qadeer Khan (29th July 09)

    Bhutto, Zia-ul-Haq Aur Kahota


  61. Imtiaz Hussain says:
    October 1st, 2009 4:38 pm

    he is the man hwo deserve not only pakistani um.muslima salute every day.

  62. ammara says:
    November 11th, 2009 1:48 pm

    Dr Abdual kadeer khan is a National hero of OUR beloved country PKISTAN. I m a biggest fan of him.May he live long.
    He is our proud i solute him.

  63. November 18th, 2009 10:28 am

    It is time Pakistani public stop making him a demigod!

    To all those people who hail him as a “Muslim hero”, why didn’t Hazrat Khalid bin Walid r.a. start a war of words against Hazrat Umar r.a?

    To all those people who hail him as an asset, do you care to check his assets spread all over the Pakistan?

    Heroes are not made by actions, they are made by character! This guy is an ego maniac. And I am sorry if that offends the sensitivities of my fellow Paksitanis.

  64. Ather Syed says:
    December 7th, 2009 2:04 am

    Qadeer Khan is a great person.

  65. Saadi Klasson says:
    December 22nd, 2009 3:54 am

    Sorry we are really very sorry for that we are unable to pay you back of all your struggle for the country. you are really Mohsin of the country and Muslim Ummah also. Allah will Bless U because we have nothing to give you back axept prays. keep your hardworking for the country up, Allah give you health and it is my believe that good time will come, Inshallah and we will see the real person who will pay you back of your hardwork and you really deserved for that.

  66. Omar says:
    February 2nd, 2010 4:05 pm

    Long Live Dr. A Q Khan……The hero of the Pakistani Nation.

    There were some negative comments against Dr. Khan but then again those so called Pakistanis might not be Pakistanis. They may either portray to be Pakistani or if they are then they might be just confuse desi.

  67. Farrukh Bokhari says:
    February 3rd, 2010 5:20 am

    Some comments here about Dr A Q Khan have made me sick to the teeth, these only goes to show how unthankful and unappreciative we have become a nation. It’s a telltale sign that the nation is madly heaping to its own destruction. Well it’s not the first time just look at what have done to PAKISTANIS is East Pakistan (we have decided to call them Behari’s) just try and remember when you heard last time about them in Pakistan.

  68. Hafiz sohaib says:
    June 4th, 2010 6:35 am

    I am speechless about this personality.I love Dr. Q k….

    Just to say “Thanks” for the protection of Pk….

  69. mehmood hussain says:
    October 16th, 2010 12:53 am




  70. Rajapk says:
    May 29th, 2011 2:12 pm

    I am speechless about Doctor sahib. I love this great man. God bless him and his family as well.

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