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Dr A.Q Khan barred from speaking on N-plan

Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan arrives to a graveyard after attending the funeral prayer for his brother, Abdul Qayyum Khan, in KarachiLAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Friday barred nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan from giving statements about country’s nuclear programme and security issues.

The court also directed the government to comply with its earlier order in letter and spirit regarding the provision of security and free movement of Dr Khan.

Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry took cognizance of an application/letter sent by Dr AQ Khan observing that the government was ignoring the court order.

During the hearing on Friday, Khan’s counsel Syed Ali Zafar submitted that the government was blatantly misinterpreting the court’s earlier order by not giving the petitioner freedom of speech and denying access to visitors.

Deputy Attorney General Naveed Inayet Malik and Bilal Soofi on behalf of the government submitted that they had imposed no restrictions on Dr Khan’s meetings or interviews to the media as long as the matter of nuclear proliferation was not discussed.

“Dr Khan met 216 people and underwent medical examinations 56 times during the last two months,” they submitted.

After hearing these arguments, Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry restricted Dr Khan from giving statements regarding nuclear programme and disposed of the application terming it ineffective.

Earlier, the court in its orders on a petition by Dr Qadeer held that he was a free man and no restrictions could be put on him in the name of security.—APP

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