Indian scientists blast Musharraf's nuke remark

The country's nuclear establishment has rubbished Pak president's claim.

india Updated: Sep 26, 2006 19:50 IST

The country's nuclear establishment has rubbished President Pervez Musharraf's claim that India's uranium enrichment programme could have its roots in AQ Khan's clandestine network and former diplomats describe it as a "sick joke".

Rejecting Musharraf's charge that New Delhi's uranium enrichment technology "could be a copy" of Islamabad's centrifuge design, Chairman of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) Anil Kakodkar asserted that the entire nuclear technology has been developed indigenously.

"Our technology is based on our indigenous research and development and action consistent with responsible behaviour", he said in Mumbai.

Putting the entire blame of Pakistan's record of nuclear proliferation on disgraced nuclear scientist AQ Khan, Musharraf, in his book In the Line of Fire has alleged that several Indians worked for Khan's network in Dubai and India's uranium enrichment technology could be a copy of Pakistani centrifuge design.

Former Foreign Secretary Shashank felt Musharraf's attempt was more to sully India's reputation.

India, he said, has always felt that Pakistan was directly involved with the AQ khan network. More than 80 tonnes of equipment being clandestinely exported from that country couldn't have been possible without Pakistani military involvement, he contended.

First Published: Sep 26, 2006 19:23 IST