Musharraf says Khan damaged country image

Oct. 18, 2006 at 2:39 PM
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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf says nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan's activities damaged the country's image, leading it to be called a "rogue state."

In an interview with a Pakistani television, Musharraf also said it would be wrong to call the disgraced scientist the father of Pakistan's nuclear program as thousands of other scientists had worked years on it, reports the Press Trust of India.

But Kahn is suspected of helping other countries, including Iran, develop nuclear programs.

"This proliferation ghost is still chasing us," Musharraf was quoted as saying.

In his book "In the Line of Fire," Musharraf said Khan knew only how to enrich uranium to weapons grade.

"Dr. Khan knows nothing about converting this enriched uranium to a bomb and making its trigger mechanism for explosion and then putting the bomb in a delivery system for explosion, because this is not his technology," he said.

Khan, who has been under house detention since 2004, continues to be regarded as a national hero.

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