Pakistan's nuclear scientist declared 'free citizen'

The Lahore High Court in Pakistan on Friday concluded the case of nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan and declared him a "free citizen".

Pakistan's nuclear scientist declared 'free citizen'

The Lahore High Court in Pakistan on Friday concluded the case of nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan and declared him a “free citizen”.

The nuclear scientist can move freely within Pakistan, the court’s verdict said, according to Pakistani paper Dawn.

“Dr Qadeer can move freely and continue his activities,” Justice Ijaz Chaudhry said while wrapping up the petition’s hearing.

The court ordered the government to abide by the deal the government made with Khan on his security and ensure that he was not harmed.

Khan hailed the court decision and said that he fought his case for eleven months and now he can live independently after the decision.

He said that if the order was not implemented he would file a contempt of court plea.

He said he was deeply hurt that his services have never been valued, adding: 'Only fake degree holders are given privileges in this country. They are the ones who are re-elected and given top posts.'

He paid rich tribute to the higher judiciary and said the court’s decision is historic.

In an earlier hearing, Khan’s counsel, Barrister Syed Ali Zafar, argued that the government had illegally restricted his movement in the name of security.

“Dr Qadeer is the country’s hero but he could enjoy freedom only within his house,” said Zafar.

Agencies

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