Connect with us

South Asia

Disgraced Pakistani Nuclear Scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan Pleads For Assistance

Published

on

Pakistan’s Nuclear father, Abdul Qadeer Khan has told the top court in a handwritten note that he is being “kept prisoner” by government agencies and is not allowed to plead his case for freedom of movement.

In the handwritten note that the 83-year-old man submitted to the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday, Abdul Qadeer Khan said –  “I had been kept as a prisoner having no free movement or meeting with anybody.”

Khan mentions he had does not have access to any friend, so much so that his daughter and her children living a few houses away could not meet him, adding that the restrictions were so unlawful that he could not even access the court.

“This act of security authorities is illegal since no such order has been conveyed to me warranting the treatment being meted out to me now”, writes Abdul Qadeer Khan.

In 2004, Abdul Qadeer Khan had confessed to selling nuclear secrets on TV. It was alleged that he supplied designs, hardware and materials to make enriched uranium for atomic bombs to other countries like Iran, Libya and North Korea.

A metallurgist by training, Khan was then accused of espionage by the nuclear fuel company that he had earlier worker for. The NBC News called him an “unapologetic patriot” and wrote that “it had taken a degree of patriotism that only one adjective could adequately describe: fanatical.”

The Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission (WMDC) chief reportedly said that Abdul Qadeer Khan could not have acted alone “without the awareness of the Pakistan Government”.

With the increasing focus on Pakistan government’s involvement, the pressure from global nuclear giants including the United States was soaring high. Pakistan had to detain the scientist who powered the nuclear program of the country that was ruled under General Pervez Musharraf at that time.

In 2009, Qadeer Khan was freed from his ‘house arrest’ that had lasted no less than 5 years. Khan’s lawyer Ali Zafar had said that “The Court has said as he was not involved in nuclear proliferation or criminal activity, there is no case against him, therefore he is a free citizen.”

Khan even told media the same day that “It’s a nice feeling, the worry is gone. I can lead a normal life now, as a normal citizen. It’s a fine feeling,”

However, his problems seem to see no end as his movements continued to be restricted as he lived in his heavily guarded posh Islamabad neighbourhood. In 2019, the Bhopal born scientist filed a petition that complained that “This act of the security authorities is illegal since no such order has been conveyed to me warranting the treatment being meted out to me now.”

He said that he was in a constant fear of “physical harm”, and could not move freely even though the court had allowed him the freedom of movement under some specific terms. In his handwritten note from Thursday, Qadeer Khan also mentioned that he was being forced to withdraw his petition to that court and take it to a lower court.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

FEATURED

Featured35 mins ago

Indian Aircraft Carrier Vikrant Gears Up For Commissioning As Rafales Compete Against F-18s As Its ‘Flying Machines’

The Indian Navy has completed basin trials for its first indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC-1) Vikrant, the Defense Ministry said on...

J-11-CHINA J-11-CHINA
Asia Pacific3 hours ago

Chinese J-11 Fighter Jets Conduct Large-Scale War Drills Near Indian Border – WATCH

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has conducted a series of extensive exercises with warplanes around a Western Theater Command Air...

Featured6 hours ago

Four Time Faster Than US’ Tomahawks, Why Indian BrahMos Missiles Pose A Grave Risk To China?

The Indian Navy on Tuesday successfully test-fired the anti-ship version of the supersonic cruise missile, BrahMos from stealth destroyer INS...

Asia Pacific6 hours ago

India Falls Back On European Fighter Jets To Counter Rising Menace Of Chinese Swarm Drones

To counter Chinese air defenses in Ladakh and other bordering areas, India has decided to fast-track its swarm drone system,...

S-500-RUSSIA S-500-RUSSIA
Americas16 hours ago

Bad News For F-35 Jets; Russia Set To Unveil ‘Stealth-Killer’ S-500 Missile Systems Next Year

US military experts would be watching anxiously as Russia is all set to enhance its most advanced S-400 missile system...

iranian-scientist iranian-scientist
Featured19 hours ago

Was Israeli Mossad Inspired By Hollywood Movie ‘The Jackal’ To Eliminate Top Iranian Nuclear Scientist? WATCH

Iran claims Israel used a remote-controlled weapon to kill the country’s top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, on Friday. Another Assassination:...

Imran-Khan Imran-Khan
Featured19 hours ago

Pakistan PM Imran Khan Thanks China For Its Unwavering Stand On Kashmir Issue

Pakistan PM Imran Khan thanked the country’s strategic ally China for its “consistent” and “principled” stand on the longstanding Kashmir...

F-16 F-16
Americas19 hours ago

Canadian Firm To Buy Huge Number Of F-16 Fighter Jets From Israel; Could Exceed The Fleet Strength Of RCAF

The Israeli F-16 fighter jets are the A/B variant and were inducted into the Israel Air Force in the 1980s,...

Pakistan-FDI-china Pakistan-FDI-china
Featured22 hours ago

China, Pakistan Sign New Defense Deal Amid Rising Tensions With Common Foe – India

Amid ongoing tensions with India, China and Pakistan have signed a new military deal aimed to boost military cooperation among...

F18-India-Deal F18-India-Deal
Americas1 day ago

F-18 Super Hornets To Be Equipped With Hypersonic Missiles With A Striking Range Of Whopping 1600 Km

Australia will be testing a new air-launched hypersonic missile as part of the joint U.S-Australian program under the Southern Cross...

Advertisement
Advertisement