AQ Khan disappointed with Govt treatment
The disgraced nuclear scientist is unhappy with the way the Govt has been treating him, but cannot even think of leaving the country, his kin say.Updated: Sep 15, 2006 13:43 IST
Disgraced Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan is "disappointed" with the way the Musharraf government has been treating him but cannot even think of leaving the country, says his sister.
He has developed high blood pressure as a result of this, says Razia Hussain Khan, who has been looking after her brother while he convalesces after a surgery for prostate cancer in Karachi.
He has taken to reciting the holy Quran to ease his agony, she told The Nation and Nawa-e-Waqt newspapers in an interview.
"Qadeer Bhai never lost his hope and courage and he used to say 'this too will pass'," she was quoted as saying.
Razia Hussain defended the high security given to her brother "because he is a national asset", but complained bitterly that security restrictions had been extended to close family members as well.
Even the food that she was giving to Khan was being checked "as if she was going to poison her brother".
"Can a sister poison her brother?" she asked.
She said her brother always said that "this is our home and our country, whatever the circumstances would be we should not leave our country".
Khan told her that Pakistan had given him everything and he was "willing to endure everything for his country".
The trip to Karachi for the surgery is the first time that Khan has travelled outside his home in Islamabad, where he has been detained under high security since January 2004.
This was after Khan made a public confession of having leaked out nuclear plans and secrets pertaining to their military use, ostensibly without authorisation.
The recipients, as per media reports, were Libya, Iran, North Korea and Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
President Pervez Musharraf ordered his detention after pardoning him, but said he was still "my hero".
First Published: Sep 15, 2006 11:31 IST