AQ Khan says he could produce enough electricity to meet needs

Last Updated: Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 15:31

Lahore: Disgraced nuclear scientist A Q
Khan, currently engaged in a legal battle with the Pakistan
government over restrictions on his movements, Saturday claimed
that he could produce enough electricity to meet Pakistan’s
energy needs.

"With a small investment, I can produce electricity in
a few months that will meet the shortfall for good," Khan
said, but was quick to add that the government perhaps did not
want to hire his services.

"I want to serve my nation but the government does not
allow me," he said.

Speaking to a delegation from the Khaksaar Tehrik
group here, the scientist said he had no "political agenda"
and was not interested in forming a pressure group.

"I want to lead an apolitical life but at the same
time, I am desirous of helping my nation in issues like
load-shedding," he said.

Life across Pakistan has been affected by crippling
power outages.

The gap between demand and supply recently soared to
5,000 MW, forcing the government to resort to load-shedding
for up to eight hours in cities and 16 hours in villages.

"If the government allows me, I can not only produce
electricity for the people of my country but we can generate
enough power to sell to neighbouring countries," Khan said.

The Khaksaar Tehrik delegation led by Engineer Nisar
Khan said Khan could rid the country of load-shedding and
urged the government to allow Khan to make contributions for
the sake of the people of Pakistan.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, June 12, 2010 - 15:31

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