Pak dismisses IAEA report on AQ Khan

Updated on Sep 13, 2008 03:20 PM IST

Pakistan downplays an IAEA report about disgraced scientist AQ Khan's links with Libya's clandestine nuclear programme, terming it as "recycling of old allegations".

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PTI | By, Islamabad

Pakistan has downplayed an IAEA report about disgraced scientist AQ Khan's links with Libya's clandestine nuclear programme, terming it as "recycling of old allegations".

Insisting that there was no new revelation in the report released by the International Atomic Energy Agency, Pakistan said the report essentially provided an overview of Libya's nuclear programme.

"The references to provision of nuclear equipment and related design simply mention the transfers that took place in the past and the conclusions drawn by the IAEA as a result of its follow-up verification activities," Foreign Office Spokesman Muhammad Sadiq said in a statement.

Presenting this report as a fresh piece of information is an attempt to cast aspersions on Pakistan, Sadiq said, adding the country has already extended cooperation to the nuclear watchdog in this case.

A confidential report by the UN atomic watchdog has said that Libya, which abandoned a secret nuclear weapons programme in 2003, was in contact with the AQ Khan's black market network much earlier than first thought.

According to the report, Libya's contacts with Khan date back to 1984, ten years earlier than previously assumed.

The father of Pakistan's nuclear programme, Khan, was placed under house arrest in 2004 after he confessed of his involvement in the non-proliferation networks.

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