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US skeptical about Pak commitment

world Updated: Feb 10, 2009 01:03 IST

US has expressed skepticism on commitments made by the Pakistani government over restrictions imposed on the activities of disgraced nuclear scientist AQ Khan after his release from the house arrest, media reports said on Monday.

72-year-old Khan, who was put under house arrest in 2004 by then President Pervez Musharraf after the scientist conceded having passed nuclear know how to North Korea and Iran, was released by a Pakistani court on Friday.

Khan’s release had resulted in sharp reaction across the world with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the White House expressing “concern” over it and the State Department describing him as still a “serious threat” to nuclear proliferation.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Saturday at the Munich security conference that all necessary steps have been taken by his government to ensure that Khan is not able to resume the spread of nuclear secrets or technology.

While the US government welcomed it, The Washington Post on Monday said that the United States remains skeptical of such a measure by Pakistan and would continue to be watchful about the activities of the Pakistani nuclear scientist.