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Online campaign for access to Khan, audit of US aid to Pak

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 10:23

Washington: A Washington-based Indian
American political advocacy group has launched an online
petition campaign, asking US lawmakers to demand access to A Q
Khan and an audit of the tax payer funded aid to Pakistan.

"We strongly urge US lawmakers to pressure Pakistan in
allowing A Q Khan to be brought in front of a global body such
as the IAEA so that the international community can get to the
bottom of what appears to be a nexus of proliferation with
countries such as Iran, North Korea and possibly others," says
the petition, which started doing the rounds yesterday.

"US Congress needs to also ask for an audit of the money
spent by the Government of Pakistan," it said. The decision to
launch the petition campaign comes after the Congress passed a
bill, which was signed into law by US President, giving USD
7.5 billion of civilian aid to Pakistan in the next five

The petition expressed concern that the US so far has
failed to evaluate and apply sanctions against Pakistan for
the widely reported illegal modification of US defense
technology, the Harpoon I missiles, in violation of the US
Export Control laws.

So far signed by more than 600 people, the petition says
US has failed to gain access for questioning Khan, the
disgraced Father of the Pakistani nuclear bomb.

It has also failed to audit the safeguards and security
of Pakistan`s nuclear assets from seizure and control by
terrorist groups.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 - 10:23

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