Pak court hearing to bar free movement of AQ Khan adjourned
Last Updated: Monday, January 25, 2010, 21:06
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 Khan.

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 journalist. 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.


First Published: Monday, January 25, 2010, 21:06

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