Pakistani Scientist A.Q. Khan, Who Secretly Sold Nuclear-Weapons Technology, Dies at 85

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He died due to difficulty in breathing following a Covid-19 infection, the doctors who treated him said

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Abroad, he ran a secret network selling nuclear-weapon technology. Libya, Iran and North Korea, all enemies of America, were the beneficiaries of his expertise.

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Pakistan announced that his last rites would be performed in the capital Islamabad on Sunday. The national flag was ordered to be flown at half-staff.

Prime Minister Imran Khan praised Dr Khan for his “significant contribution” in making Pakistan a nuclear weapon state. “It has given us security against an aggressive and large nuclear neighbour. He was a national symbol for the people of Pakistan.” on twitter.

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The doctors who treated him said that Dr Khan died due to difficulty in breathing following infection with Kovid-19.

Feroz Khan, a former officer in Pakistan’s nuclear-weapons program who is now a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., said that Dr. Khan was able to establish a worldwide network to obtain the necessary equipment and then were managed. Bomb assembly.

“Without Dr AQ Khan, Pakistan would not have nuclear weapons,” said the professor. But his lax behavior jeopardized Pakistan’s program as well.

He said that after using his network of merchants and companies from around the world for Pakistan to acquire nuclear technology in the 1970s and 1980s, he later turned to the reverse to sell the same web to other countries for personal gain. done, he said.

After confronting Pakistan by the US with evidence of Dr. Khan’s proliferation activities, he was placed under house arrest in 2004. He accepted his role in the international broadcast on national television.

He spent the rest of his life in his comfortable villa in a leafy part of Islamabad under the protection of heavily armed military personnel. He was never charged with any crime.

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