On February 4, 2004, Dr. Abdul Qadeer
Khan, founder and head of Pakistan's nuclear arms program, confessed
to his nation in a televised speech that he had shared nuclear
technology with Libya, North Korea and Iran. A day later, General
Pervez Musharraf pardoned him, saying that as the father of
Pakistan's nuclear bomb, Dr. Khan remained a national hero.
The international pages of The New York Times provide
ongoing coverage, from reporters David Rohde and Amy Waldman,
of Pakistan's recently unveiled international nuclear proliferation.
"Inquiry Suggests Pakistanis Sold
After denying evidence that nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan
sold weapons technology to other nations, Pakistani officials
began investigating Khan's associates, as reported by William
J. Broad, David Rohde and David E. Sanger. The article showed
that American and European investigators, along with the international
nuclear inspectors, had pressured President Pervez Musharraf's
government to confront Dr. Khan, who was considered a national
hero and had close ties to military and intelligence agencies.
The decision to investigate Khan placed General Musharraf in
a precarious position, coming just one week after he narrowly
escaped an assassination attempt.
(New York Times,
December 22, 2003)
"Delicate Dance for Musharraf
in Nuclear Case"
This article by David Rohde and Talat Hussein concisely summarizes
the extraordinary chain of events culminating in the admission
on national television by Pakistan's top nuclear scientist,
the much-revered Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, that he sold nuclear
weapons secrets. After the apology, which opposition party members
and Khan supporters say was coerced, Pakistani president General
Pervez Musharraf also appeared on national television, granting
Khan a full pardon. The authors of this article mention the
delicate "balancing act" by not only Musharraf but also the
Bush administration in handling the case.
(New York Times,
February 8, 2004)
"A Tale of Nuclear Proliferation:
How Pakistani Built His Network"
Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan's atomic bomb,
recently admitted to selling nuclear weapons secrets to Iran,
North Korea and Libya. This article explores the subterranean
network of nuclear arms trafficking, from Dubai to Pakistan,
Malaysia to the Netherlands, and shows how Dr. Khan and his
operatives skirted International Atomic Energy Agency rules
and nonproliferation oversight.
(New York Times, February
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