Pakistani court on Friday suspended the “security protocol” accorded by the government to nuclear scientist A Q Khan, accused of running a clandestine proliferation network, and directed authorities not to restrict his movements.
Acting on a petition filed by Khan, the Lahore High Court said the scientist is a free man and can go wherever he wants.
Justice Ijaz Chaudhry, who heard the case, suspended the security protocol provided to Khan and ordered that there should not be any hindrance to his free movement.
"We have also gone through the experience of being imprisoned in the name of security," Chaudhry said during the hearing, referring to the restrictions imposed on the judiciary when former President Pervez Musharraf imposed emergency in late 2007.
The judge also issued notices to senior police and civil officials in Islamabad, asking them to explain why action should not be taken against them for contempt of court as the Islamabad High Court had already declared Khan a "free man."