Pak dismisses AQ Khan`s bribe allegations

Last Updated: Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 23:02

Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday dismissed as
"baseless and preposterous" disgraced nuclear scientist A Q
Khan`s contention that North Korea paid millions of dollars to
two Pakistani generals for clandestine transfers of atomic
technology.

"Such stories have a habit of reoccurring and my only
comment is that this is totally baseless and preposterous,"
Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua told a weekly press
briefing.

The Washington Post reported that Khan had released a
letter from a North Korean official dating back to 1998 that
gave details of the payment of three million dollars to then
Pakistan Army chief, Gen Jehangir Karamat.

The letter said half a million dollars and some
jewellery was paid to retired lieutenant general Zulfiqar
Khan.

The two generals too denied the allegations. There was
no word from the Pakistan Army. The Pakistan government has
earlier said that the clandestine transfer of nuclear
technology and know-how by a proliferation ring led by Khan is
a "closed chapter".

Pakistan has also turned down numerous requests from
the US for investigators to be given access to Khan.
Khan has admitted giving centrifuges and drawings that
helped North Korea begin making a uranium-based bomb.

After he confessed to running a proliferation network
in early 2004, Khan was placed under house arrest.
The restrictions were eased about two years ago by the
current government.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 23:02

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