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Dr. Qadeer says he had to read out written statement

05 July, 2008

Dr. Qadeer says he had to read out written statement
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s nuclear scientist, Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan Saturday said he was handed a pre-written statement and was asked to read out the same with an assurance that doing this would correct everything but “now I will not stay silent anymore and react to the allegations immediately and in the similar tone.”

In reaction to the statement of the Director General of Strategic Plans Division, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Khalid Kidwai, he (Dr. A.Q. Khan) said “Dr. Kidwai has told a lie… I have not said anything on my own, I only repeated what President Musharraf had already said.”

“I only got one sentence added to the pre-written draft handed over to me, which read - I did it in good faith” Dr. A.Q. Khan said.

He complained that he was not allowed to meet his ailing sister and sons and that he is seriously ill at present.

“The foreign media has an ulterior motive and I will never talk to them again,” Dr. A.Q. Khan said.

Meanwhile, Federal Information Minister, Sherry Rehman Saturday said Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan should give it a due thought before giving statements which could have implications on country’s sovereignty.

She said this while talking to media at the inauguration of a free medical camp here at Baba Island.

The Information Minister said the Friday’s statement of Dr. A. Q. Khan is being analysed and the Foreign Ministry will make public the country’s reaction to the same.

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