Disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist A Q Khan, allegedly involved in proliferating nuclear technology to countries like North Korea and Iran, has now been accused of plagiarism.
A Pakistani doctoral student in computer engineering from the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University in a letter to the editor to the popular Pakistan daily The News has alleged that Khan in his column "Random Thoughts" has copied several paragraphs -- word by word -- from various places including prospectus of under-graduate studies.
Khan, who had confessed in national television to have passed on nuclear secrets to several countries like North Korea, Iran and Libya, was put under house arrest by the previous Musharraf regime for several years, before he was set free early this year by a Pakistani court. The United States had slapped sanctions against him and his associates.
After being released from house arrest, Khan has started writing regular columns in various Pakistani newspapers. He has also blamed ex-President Pervez Musharraf for his ordeal and claimed that he was pressurised to make such a confession.
"It is very gratifying to get literally hundreds of emails from young students at home and abroad with suggestions and requests to write on various topics, mostly on engineering disciplines," Khan wrote in his latest column, which appeared in The News on August 19.