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AQ Khan blames Prez for Pak's woes

Pakistan's disgraced nuclear scientist, who admitted to proliferating nuclear secrets, claims he had never done anything illegal.

world Updated: May 30, 2008 13:37 IST

Pakistan's disgraced nuclear scientist A Q Khan has turned against embattled President Pervez Musharraf, who pardoned him for proliferation activities four years ago, blaming him for the various problems confronting the country that had "gone to the dogs".

Khan, confined to his home for the past four years by Musharraf after he admitted to proliferating nuclear secrets, claimed he had never done anything illegal.

He said he would reveal further details of the proliferation scandal at an "appropriate time".

He said Pakistan has not been able to make much headway in economic development even after becoming "self-sufficient" in defence matters by testing nuclear devices in May 1998.

"This has not happened. (In) the last 10 years, the country has gone to the dogs," he told Dawn News channel in a telephonic interview. "People are hungry. You see the (rising) prices and all."

Asked if he blamed the President for the country's problems, Khan replied, "The team leader is responsible for the failure of the team. But all those who were with him did not assert themselves and they did not do a proper job."

However, Khan said the newly elected civilian government should be given more time to tackle the country's problems.

Referring to the charges of nuclear proliferation, Khan said he felt betrayed by the people who made him "confess to being guilty of something that he had nothing to do with". He added: "I was not part of any illegal or unauthorised (matters)."

After Khan took responsibility for heading a proliferation network that passed nuclear technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea during a confession on state-run television in February 2004, Musharraf pardoned him and ordered his detention.