A.Q. Khan freed from Pakistan house arrest

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 21 (UPI) -- A Pakistani court has ordered nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan freed from house arrest in Islamabad.

Khan: Musharraf approved nuclear sale

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, July 5 (UPI) -- The Pakistani scientist accused of operating a nuclear proliferation ring says President Pervez Musharraf approved a sale of weapons to North Korea.

U.N. ex-inspector: Iran has nuke blueprint

TEHRAN, June 16 (UPI) -- Iran has blueprints and technology to make nuclear warheads that could fit could fit onto Shehab-3 missiles, a former U.N. weapons inspector claims.

Pakistan nuke smuggling ring accused again

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, June 15 (UPI) -- U.S. and U.N. investigators say a busted Pakistani nuclear smuggling ring trafficked in much more advanced bomb designs than previously thought.

Experts fear nuke secrets on market

ZURICH, Switzerland, May 31 (UPI) -- Experts say they fear nuclear bomb blueprints may be on sale on the world black market following disclosure of a Swiss smuggling investigation.

Pakistani scientist regrets confession

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 30 (UPI) -- Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan says he regrets his 2004 confession to transferring nuclear technology and centrifuges to other countries.

A.Q. Khan leaves Pakistan hospital

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, March 10 (UPI) -- Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan, who passed nuclear secrets to North Korea, Libya and Iran, has been discharged from a hospital where he was taken last week.

Germany concerned about Pakistani nukes

BERLIN, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Germany's foreign minister has expressed concern about Pakistan's nuclear weapons following the turmoil in the wake of Benazir Bhutto's assassination.
Syrian leader refused 2001 nuclear offer

Syrian leader refused 2001 nuclear offer

DAMASCUS, Syria, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad claimed Wednesday he was offered black market nuclear missiles from Pakistan in 2001, but decided against it.

Pakistan's cruise missile

MOSCOW, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Pakistan has announced that it successfully tested a cruise missile with a range of 435 miles on Tuesday. Presumably the Hatf-VII, or Babur, missile can carry both conventional and nuclear weapons.
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U.N. frets over missing nuclear plans

VIENNA, June 9 (UPI) -- United Nations nuclear watchdog officials in Vienna are concerned several sets of blueprints for making nuclear bombs are still unaccounted for.

Abdul Qadeer Khan helped Iran, N. Korea

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 16 (UPI) -- Investigators now believe Abdul Qadeer Khan, father of Pakistan's atomic bomb, was responsible for uranium enrichment equipment going to Iran and North Korea.

Pakistan allows crucial IAEA inspection

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, April 1 (UPI) -- Pakistan's foreign minister confirmed Friday that Islamabad is sending old centrifuges to the U.N. nuclear watchdog probing Iran's nuclear program.

Pakistan will not give U.N. materials

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, March 14 (UPI) -- A Pakistani official says his country is not giving uranium-enriching components to United Nations inspectors looking into Iran's nuclear program.

Nuclear row echoes in Pakistani parliament

WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) -- Opposition parties in Pakistan are accusing the government of building a case against Iran's nuclear program just to please the United States.
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Abdul Qadeer Khan (Urdu: ڈاکٹر عبد القدیر خان ; born: 1 April 1936), D.Eng, Sc.D, HI, NI (twice), FPAS; more widely known as Dr. A. Q. Khan, is a Pakistani nuclear scientist and a metallurgical engineer who served as the Director-General of the Kahuta Research Laboratories (KRL) from 1976 until 2001. Abdul Qadeer Khan is widely regarded as the founder of HEU based Gas-centrifuge uranium enrichment programme for Pakistan's nuclear deterrence development.

Abdul Qadeer Khan was one of Pakistan's top scientists, and was involved in the country's various scientific programmes until his debriefing. On January 2004, Khan was officially summoned for a debriefing on his suspicious activities in other countries after the United States provided evidences to the Pakistan Government, and confessed it a month later. After years of debriefing, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on 6 February 2009 declared Abdul Qadeer Khan to be a free citizen of Pakistan, allowing him free movement inside the country. The verdict was rendered by Chief Justice Sardar Muhammad Aslam. In September 2009, expressing concerns over the Lahore High Court’s decision to end all security restrictions on Khan, the United States warned that Khan still remains a "serious proliferation risk".

Khan was born in 1936 to a Pashtun family in Bhopal State of India (then part of the British Indian Empire). His father Dr. Abdul Ghafoor Khan was an academic who served in the Education Ministry of the British Indian Government and after retirement in 1935, he settled permanently in Bhopal State. In 1947, after the partition, the family migrated from India to Pakistan, and settled in West-Pakistan. Khan studied in Saint Anthony's High School of Lahore, and then enrolled at the D.J. Science College of Karachi. There, he took B.Sc. in Physics and B.A. in Mathematics under the supervision of Suparco physicist Dr. Bashir Syed. In 1956, he attended Karachi University and obtained a B.S. degree in Metallurgy in 1960. To support the fees of his education, Khan was employed at Siemens Engineering where he worked as a practical trainee (junior engineer).

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