Pak court bars A Q Khan from speaking on nuke programmes

A Pakistani court barred disgraced nuclear scientist AQ Khan from making statements or speaking to the media on the country`s nuclear programme and disposed of his contempt of court petition against the government.

Last Updated: Oct 08, 2010, 19:22 PM IST

Lahore: A Pakistani court on Friday barred disgraced nuclear scientist A Q Khan from making statements or speaking to the media on the country`s nuclear programme and disposed of his contempt of court petition against the government.

Delivering the ruling, Justice Ijaz Chaudhry of the
Lahore High Court directed the federal government to adhere in
letter and spirit to the security protocol for Khan, under
which he is allowed to meet visitors and move freely.

Deputy Attorney General Navid Inayat Malik told the
court that the government was complying with the court`s
order.

"During the last two months, Khan met 216 people and
had medical check-up 56 times," Malik said.

Challenging Khan`s claims that he was not being
allowed to move freely or to meet people, Malik said there was
no truth in these allegations as there were no restrictions on
his movement.

Justice Chaudhry directed Khan not to make
statements on Pakistan`s nuclear programme.

"Dr A Q Khan is not allowed to give statements on
nuclear-related issues," the judge remarked as he disposed of
the petition.

In his petition, Khan claimed the government had
"re-imposed restrictions" on his free movement.

"The government has imposed illegal restraints on Dr
Khan’s free movement and liberty under the garb of security.

The government is relying on an illegal document to impose
security on him," claimed Syed Ali Zafar, the counsel
for Khan.

"Khan is required to act upon the advice of a
government officer with regard to his movements and such terms
violate his fundamental rights," Zafar alleged.

After Khan reached a secret agreement with the
Pakistan People`s Party-led government early last year,
authorities ended his detention five years after he was put
under house arrest for operating a clandestine proliferation
network.

PTI