Pakistan's Investigation of A.Q. Khan

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Regarding Selig S. Harrison's Jan. 31 op-ed, "What A.Q. Khan Knows":

After the disclosure of the involvement of Abdul Qadeer Khan in nuclear proliferation activities, along with the other individuals in the international network, Pakistan investigated the matter thoroughly and shared its findings with the International Atomic Energy Agency. The IAEA has expressed satisfaction with the scope of the investigation, which covered all aspects of the case it had sought in the probe.

It is unfair and offensive to malign Pakistan's leadership on such a sensitive issue as nuclear proliferation. This analysis was built on hearsay rather than substance and the facts. No Pakistani government can afford to hand over Mr. Khan to a foreign country for investigative purposes.

It was mind-boggling to see this author try to create a link between the Khan issue and the war on terrorism. The United States and the international community are fully aware of Pakistan's role in the war on terrorism. The U.S. position on the issue was stated most recently in unambiguous language from Assistant Secretary of State Richard A. Boucher, who paid tribute to Pakistan's contribution to the fight against al-Qaeda and the Taliban in his testimony before the House national security and foreign affairs subcommittee on Jan. 29.

AKRAM SHAHEEDI

Press Minister

Embassy of Pakistan

Washington


© 2008 The Washington Post Company