Pak­istani rul­ing sets nu­clear sci­en­tist free

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IS­LAM­ABAD: A Pak­istani judge ruled yes­ter­day that nu­clear sci­en­tist Ab­dul Qadeer Khan should be al­lowed free­dom of move­ment more than five years af­ter be­ing put un­der house ar­rest for his role in a nu­clear pro­lif­er­a­tion scan­dal.

Khan had lodged an ap­peal with the La­hore High Court as the au­thor­i­ties had con­fined him to his home de­spite a court or­der lift­ing his house ar­rest last Fe­bru­ary.

“Jus­tice Ijaz Chaudhry, af­ter hear­ing the ar­gu­ment, di­rected the gov­ern­ment that it will not re­strain Dr AQ Khan in any man­ner,” Khan’s lawyer, Ali Za­far, said.

Khan was par­doned but placed un­der house ar­rest in 2004 by then pres­i­dent Pervez Mushar­raf af­ter the sci­en­tist con­fessed on tele­vi­sion to sell­ing nu­clear se­crets to Iran, North Korea and Libya.

Af­ter a new gover nment came to power last year, Khan gave a se­ries of me­dia in­ter- views in which he re­canted his 2004 con­fes­sion, say­ing he only took the blame in re­tur n for as­sur­ances from Mushar­raf.

The court fixed an­other hear­ing for Septem­ber 4 to ad­dress the ques­tion of whether gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials were in con­tempt of court for ig­nor­ing the Fe­bru­ary rul­ing. – Reuters

Ab­dul Qadeer Khan

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