Islamabad: Spokesperson of the Pakistan Peoples
Party (PPP) Senator Farhatullah Babar has strongly rebutted Dr A.Q Khan’s assertion that he transferred nuclear materials and technology to two countries on the orders of former Prime Minister Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.
The assertion of A Q Khan is a belated and desperate attempt
to wash the guilt of proliferating nuclear weapons by associating
the name of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto to lend a semblance of
respectability to a crime that brought huge embarrassment and
inflicted incalculable damage on Pakistan, Senator Farhatullah Babar
said in a statement here on Saturday.
Farhatullah Babar said that public memory was not so short as
to forget the public apology tendered by A.Q Khan on national
television in February 2004 in which acknowledging nuclear
proliferation and also admitted his guilt thus, “I have much to
answer for it”.
Expressing “the deepest sense of sorrow, anguish and regret”
over what he had done, Dr Khan had also admitted in his infamous TV
appearance, “The investigation has established that many of the
reported activities did occur and that these were inevitably
initiated at my behest”.
Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the so-called disclosure
by Dr Khan at this point of time was a futile attempt to wash his
guilt by seeking to associate Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto in his
It is disgusting that almost a decade later Dr Khan should be
seeking to restore his image by seeking to lay the blame at the door
of Shaheed Bibi when the latter is no longer alive, Senator Babar
said.But while one may pity the twists and turns of a guilt-laden
conscience, it should not be forgotten that the stern laws of nature
seldom pause for pity, he added.
He said that Dr. Khan would do well to re-read his February 2004 public statement on national television and remember that the words and sentences he uttered on that fateful day can never be recalled.
Senator Farhatullah Babar said that Dr Khan now owed another
public apology; this time to the soul of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir
Bhutto and to her innumerable followers and admirers for hurling
baseless and unfounded allegations against her.