Latest Breaking News / LAHORE: US Aims to Roll back Pakistan Nuclear Programme Lt-Gen (retd) Zulfiqar Khan has denied selling nuclear secrets to North Korea and has said the US aims to rollback the Pak nuclear programme by defaming the agencies and retired generals.
According to source story, he said America had targeted the nuclear programme of Pakistan and wants to control it and roll it back. “For this purpose, sometimes they talk of the Taliban and sometimes of the command and control system of Pakistan,” he said, adding the recently published letter written by North Korea to Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan showed that America wanted to develop distrust in the people of Pakistan against the country’s armed forces and security agencies, so as to achieve its evil designs against the nuclear programme of Pakistan.
U.S Newspaper ‘The Washington Post’ claims that he and former chief of army staff Gen (R) Jehangir Karamat had received big money from North Korea, Zulfiqar said the accusation was absolutely wrong and based on ill plan.
The Washington Post had required an explanation from him about a letter, which stated that a missile deal between Pakistan and North Korea had been facing some hurdles, the point which ultimately became the basis of the corruption allegation.
Lt Gen (R) Zulfiqar Khan declare that the fact was that the missile deal had been struck between North Korea and Pakistan without any dispute or differences during the tenure of Benazir Bhutto as prime minister in 1993-94, much before his appointment in the GHQ. Zulfiqar added that North Korea did not need to give any gratification to anybody while the deal was done without any dispute. Further, the deal was struck between North Korea and the Defence Ministry of Pakistan and the GHQ had no direct role in it, he explained.
Zulfiqar pointed out that the news item in which allegation of corruption had been levelled against him also described the fact that Dr AQ Khan had himself handed the letter to Dr Handerson who ultimately gave this to The Washington Post.
He said: “The news item also states that Dr Handerson could not confirm the letter, that is why, he did not take any action and gave the letter to the newspaper”.
To another question, he answered that the letter was bogus, because if it had been a genuine letter, The Washington Post and Dr Handerson must have proved it. He said the letter was written on a plain paper while all the correspondence between two governments was done on official letter pad, which had a carved stamp and sealed properly.
He said the letter was always signed by the authority above the name and designation, but in this letter the signature was made below the name and designation.
Zulfiqar Khan expressed his surprise over the mode of payment mentioned in the news item. He said it was unsuitable for an army chief to get money hidden in the mango baskets brought to the Army House. He demanded of the government to launch investigation into the matter and take strict action against anybody found responsible.
SANA adds: Zulfiqar Ali Khan said he would serve a defamation notice on The Washington Post, adding the letter published was wrote in 1998 and that at that time he was not performing duties at GHQ.
INP adds: The US newspaper published extracts, including a letter in English purportedly from a senior North Korean official to Dr AQ Khan in 1998 detailing payment of $3 million to Pakistan’s former army chief General Jehangir Karamat and another half-million to Lieutenant General Zulfiqar Khan, who was involved in Pakistan’s nuclear bomb tests.