Lahore: A Pakistani court on Monday adjourned
till February 3 the hearing of a government petition asking it
to bar disgraced nuclear scientist A Q Khan from moving around
freely, meeting people and giving interviews to the media in
the interest of national security.
Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry of the Lahore High Court
deferred the hearing as Khan’s counsel Syed Ali Zafar was out
of the country.
Earlier, on the request of government lawyer Ahmar
Bilal Soofi, the court had restored security protocol for
The Islamabad High Court, which is now defunct, had
restricted the scientist from giving statements to the media
and moving about without clearance from security agencies.
In a statement submitted to the court, Khan had
rejected the government’s contention that he had been giving
interviews to the local and foreign media.
He said there were only allegations that he had been
in direct or indirect communication with any foreign
The government had said in its petition that several
foreign journalists, in their articles, had written that they
were in communication with Khan and had also attributed
sensitive revelations to him.
It also said that Khan should either deny or admit the
claims made by the foreign journalists.
Soofi told the court that the matter was of utmost
importance as it related to the national security and deserved
to be investigated thoroughly.