Pakistani court rejects petition by nuclear scientist

A Pakistani court rejected a petition by nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan challenging restrictions on his movements, a government lawyer said.

Pakistani court rejects petition by nuclear scientist

A Pakistani court on Monday rejected a petition by nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan challenging restrictions on his movements, a government lawyer said.

The father of Pakistan's nuclear programme, Khan was at the centre of nuclear issue in 2004 when he confessed to selling nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya.

Last year, the government relaxed restrictions on the nuclear scientist after five years of house arrest. He was still barred him from talking to the media and required to travel with security guards.

"The court maintained the original order (on restrictions on Khan's movement)," said Attorney General Anwar Masoor. Khan had filed a petition challenging the government's stand that the restrictions had been placed for his own safety.

Khan was earlier also required to give 24 hours' notice to authorities before leaving his home.

In a small progress, the Lahore High Court on Monday reduced the reporting requirement to 30 minutes but kept the restrictions on talking to the media about nuclear proliferation or the Pakistani weapons programme.

Khan's lawyer, Ali Zafar, said his client would be a free man as long as he informed the government about his movement.

In a related ruling, the court rejected a government petition filed earlier this month seeking to open an investigation on charges that Khan tried to sell nuclear secrets and equipment to Iraq and Iran in the 1990s.

"The judge said it's up the government," said Soofi Amar Bilal, another government lawyer "If they want to do it, it's an executive decision."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Mart 2010, 14:34

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