A Q Khan not 'cooperating' with security agencies: Govt to LHC
Disgraced nuclear scientist A Q Khan, who is required to inform law enforcement agencies about his movements, is not cooperating with them and is rather "violating" the agreed terms of his "security protocol", the Pakistani government told a court.world Updated: May 21, 2010 20:58 IST
Disgraced nuclear scientist A Q Khan, who is required to inform law enforcement agencies about his movements, is not cooperating with them and is rather "violating" the agreed terms of his "security protocol", the Pakistani government told a court here today.
Deputy Attorney General Navid Anayat Malik said at the Lahore High Court, which was hearing a petition filed by Khan opposing the restrictions imposed on his movements, that the Scientist had been directed by the court to inform law enforcement agencies about his movements.
"...but he is not cooperating with them, and rather he is violating the agreed terms of his security protocol. His attitude (with the security agencies) is not good," he said.
The government has kept a close watch on Khan since he admitted in 2004 to running a clandestine proliferation ring. Malik submitted to the court the federal government's reply on the security protocol for Khan.
Justice Ijaz Chaudhry of the High Court expressed his dissatisfaction over the reply, saying that it did not contain appropriate answers to queries made by the court.
Chaudhry ordered Malik to submit an affidavit and a fresh reply at the next hearing on May 28.
He said the court wanted to know why its orders to ease restrictions on Khan were not being implemented in letter and spirit.
Syed Ali Zafar, the counsel for Khan, said the government had re-imposed restrictions on the free movement of the scientist.
"The government has imposed illegal restraints on Dr Khan's freedom of movement and liberty under the garb of security. The government is relying on an illegal document to
impose security on him," he said.
"Dr Khan is required to act upon the advice of an officer of the government with respect to his movements and this violates his fundamental rights," Zafar said.
Zafar contended that the previous Attorney General had given a commitment in court that Khan's movements would not be restrained and that he was only required to inform security agencies half an hour prior to any movement.
But as soon as the former Attorney General resigned, the federal government re-imposed the restrictions, he claimed.
Following a secret agreement between the scientist and the Pakistan People's Party-led government early last year, authorities ended Khan's house arrest.
The US government has expressed serious concern over the easing of restrictions on Khan and described him as a "serious proliferation risk."
First Published: May 21, 2010 20:55 IST