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Pak court directs govt, Khan to resolve protocol issue

world Updated: Mar 11, 2010 22:51 IST

A Pakistani court today directed lawyers representing disgraced nuclear scientist A Q Khan and the government to resolve differences over his security arrangements even as it reserved its judgement on the issue till March 22.

Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry of the Lahore High Court, who is hearing the federal government's petition seeking restrictions on the free movement of Khan and the scientist's petition challenging his security protocol, observed that the two sides should make efforts to resolve the matter.

Chaudhry also reserved his judgement till the next hearing on March 22.

Earlier, the counsel for Khan and the government concluded their arguments during in-camera proceedings. Lawyer Syed Ali Zafar represented Khan while Ahmer Bilal Soofi and Deputy Attorney General Naveed Inayat Malik represented the federal government.

The government informed the court that several foreign journalists had mentioned in their articles that they were in direct or indirect communication with Khan and also attributed sensitive information to him.

The government has demanded that Khan should deny or admit the claims made by the journalists.

On the other hand, Khan opposed the government's petition, saying he was being barred from meeting relatives and was not being provided medical facilities in the name of security concerns. He said the ban on his free movement was a violation of his fundamental rights.

The founder of Pakistan's nuclear programme, was accused of establishing a "transnational network of smugglers" to sell nuclear weapon capabilities to Iran, Libya, and North Korea.