WIFE OF PAKISTANI NUCLEAR SCIENTIST A.Q. KHAN TALKS

Musharraf ‘Lied’ about Husband’s Role in Atomic Bomb

In an account to be published in SPIEGEL on Monday, the wife of Pakistan’s A.Q. Khan — the man accused of running a global nuclear weapons bazaar — alleges that Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf lied about her husband’s role in the country’s nuclear program. She says her husband was pressured to make a false confession and that he only carried out government orders.

 

The wife of Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan (pictured above) claims her husband acted on government instructions.  

 

 

 

 

 

The wife of Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan (pictured above) claims her husband acted on government instructions.

In an account given to SPIEGEL, the wife of Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadir Khan lodges serious accusations against President Pervez Musharraf. She claims her husband, currently under house arrest, was not a nuclear dealer, and that he only ever “executed the instructions he was given” by the government. A trip to North Korea, she alleges, was carried out “at the specific request” of Musharraf. 

In his 2006 memoir, “In the Line of Fire,” Musharraf claimed “with confidence” that neither he nor his government nor any member of Pakistan’s Army had any prior knowledge of A.Q. Khan’s alleged nuclear network. “On the basis of the thorough probe that we conducted in 2003-2004,” Musharraf wrote, “I can say with confidence that neither the Pakistan Army nor any of the past governments of Pakistan was ever involved or had any knowledge of A.Q.’s proliferation activities. The show was completely A.Q.’s.”

A.Q. Khan remains under house arrest and under a gag order today. But in a personal account to be published in English on SPIEGEL ONLINE on Monday, his wife Hendrina Khan — who had intimate knowledge of her husband’s work from Day One and still lives with him today — will tell her side of the story.

Today, Hendrina Khan argues, “it is too late for (the concerned government and Musharraf) to ‘confess’. The consequences for the country would be too drastic … especially from the Americans who have been supporting Musharraf through thick and thin,” said the wife of A.Q. Khan, the so-called “father of the Pakistan’s nuclear bomb” who was fired with dishonor in 2004. She also claims that her husband’s health is deteriorating, and that she fears the government will continue to “prevent the truth from coming out” until the day he dies.

On Monday, the democratically elected government of Pakistan is set to request impeachment proceedings against Musharraf for allegedly mismanaging the country.

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