PPP Rebuts A.Q. Khan's Claims on Transferring N-Tech

Rezaul H Laskar/Islamabad
PPP Rebuts A.Q. Khan's Claims on Transferring N-Tech
The ruling PPP today dismissed disgraced scientist A Q Khan's claim that slain former premier Benazir Bhutto had ordered him to transfer atomic technology to two countries, describing it as a desperate attempt to "wash the guilt of proliferating nuclear weapons".

Pakistan People's Party spokesman Farhatullah Babar, a close aide to Bhutto, rebutted Khan's claim made in an interview with the Jang media group.

Khan did not name the two countries to which nuclear technology was transferred.

"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 Benazir Bhutto to lend a semblance of respectability to a crime that brought huge embarrassment and inflicted incalculable damage on Pakistan," Babar said in a statement.

Public memory was "not so short as to forget the public apology tendered by A Q Khan on national television in February 2004", when he acknowledged his role in nuclear proliferation and admitted his guilt, he said.

Babar recalled that Khan had expressed "the deepest sense of sorrow, anguish and regret" over what he had done and also admitted that an investigation had established his activities in proliferation.

"It is disgusting that almost a decade later, Khan should be seeking to restore his image by seeking to lay the blame at the door of (Benazir Bhutto) when the latter is no longer alive," he said.

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", Babar said.

Khan now owed another public apology to the "soul of Benazir Bhutto and to her innumerable followers" for making baseless and unfounded allegations against her, he added.

In the interview, Khan claimed he had no option but to obey Bhutto, who was killed by a suicide attacker in late 2007.
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