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 years.

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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