A.Q. Khan is free, says ‘these things happen’

February 6th, 2009 - 3:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Nawaz SharifIslamabad, Feb 6 (IANS) Pakistan’s disgraced nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan, who has been accused of running a proliferation network, Friday walked out a free man after the Islamabad High Court ended his house arrest. “These things happen. We should forget and look forward,” Khan said after being declared a free man by the court.

Khan told reporters that Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had also been “inside”.

“The government had made arrangements and nobody could hurt me. Now also, the government will take care,” Khan said.

Chief Justice Sardar Muhammad Aslam, while announcing a verdict on several petitions filed against Khan’s house arrest, declared him a free citizen and said he was free to move across the country. The allegations against him of nuclear proliferation have not been “substantiated”, Geo TV reported.

Due to security reasons, Khan should inform the government about his movements in advance.

The court has directed the government to immediately provide security to Khan, the report said.

Khan is free to express his views, talk to media and carry out research and get treatment from any doctor of his own choice.

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