Father of Pakistan's Bomb Insists Government Officials Had Role in Proliferation

[ Washington Post] Candace Rondeaux - - Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb, was banished to house arrest by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf after admitting in 2004 to selling nuclear weapons-making technology and know-how to Iran, North Korea and Libya. But last week, Khan, 72, publicly disavowed his confession, telling reporters that it was coerced. In a telephone interview with the Washington Post, Khan said, "I did whatever my government wanted me to do. I gave them whatever they wanted." Khan led Pakistan's nuclear development program under the government of Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Khan said he would not identify his associates, but said others in the military and in Musharraf's government were culpable in the proliferation of nuclear technology.

2008-06-06 01:00:00

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