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Pakistan Questions 8 Linked to Nuclear Program

Authorities in Pakistan are questioning eight officials from its nuclear weapons program — including the personal assistant to the father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb and two retired brigadiers — regarding allegations that nuclear weapons technology was shared with Iran, the government’s information minister said Sunday. The minister, Sheik Rashid Ahmed, did not provide further details of the interrogations or say when they had begun. But the disclosure came a day after Pakistan’s president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, said the country must convince the world that Pakistan is not a proliferator of nuclear weapons. Mr. Ahmed identified one of those questioned as a personal assistant to Abdul Qadeer Khan, creator of Pakistan’s first nuclear bomb. He said authorities were also questioning a retired brigadier who is the former head of security at the country’s main nuclear weapons site, the A. Q. Khan Research Laboratories, and one other retired brigadier. Full Story

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