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A Q Khan's disclosures vindicate India's stand: Experts

Source: PTI
September 22, 2009 00:17 IST
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Pakistani nuclear scientist A Q Khan's admission that proliferation activities involving China, Iran, North Korea and Libya were prodded by Islamabad's establishment have vindicated India's stand that it could not have been an individual's efforts, experts said on Monday.

"In any case, it is very well known that A Q Khan and Pakistan had worked together in proliferation of nuclear technology. It was also known that China and Pakistan were working together. The letter by Khan is confirmation of all these," former National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra said. Commenting on the disclosures by Khan, former Foreign Secretary Shasank said the letter, written by Khan to his Dutch wife Henny, proved India's assertion that Pakistan's nuclear proliferation could not have been an individual's activity. "The letter confirms India's assertion that Pakistan's proliferation business could not have been an individual'sactivity," he said. "The network was running for a very long period of time and known to many governments and that there has been efforts to hide these activities," the former Foreign Secretary added.

Khan, in the letter had written that Pakistani government and the military had a hand in the country's nexus with the controversial nuke programmes of Iran, North Koreaand Libya. The letter, details of which were published in the Sunday Times, was written by Khan to his wife after his arrest in 2003. 

Former High Commissioner to Pakistan G Parthasarathiwas of the view that Khan's letter confirms China's help to Pakistan in developing its nuclear arsenals. "It is a nuclear scientist blowing the lid on the fact that before Paskistan developed its enrichment capacities, the designing that A Q Khan got were passed onto China and China developed it and these guys merely reverse engineered what the Chinese gave them," Parthasarathi said.

Mishra said the content of the letter also proved the stand of the National Democratic Alliance government that China had helped Pakistan to acquire nuclear arms."Finally, the revealations confirmed what the NDA government had said at the time of Pokhran II. Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had written a letter to US, UK, France and Russia in which he had said that China helped Pakistan to acquire nuclear arms. So India did not have any option but to conduct the tests," he said.

Former DRDO scientist K Santhanam said Khan was a national hero in Pakistan till he was found peddling nuclear
technologies to other countries. "When the bubble bursts, Musharraf could not prevent taking action against A Q Khan who was earlier honoured with Pakistan's highest civilian award," Santhanam said."In a sense, A Q Khan was a national hero for Pakistan as he put his country on the global nuclear map. Later, there were some developments in which he was found him peddling nuclear technologies to some countries. Normally, sensitive technology trade is not done but he was doing it for pecuniary gain," he said.

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