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Pakistan Sheds No Light on Detained Scientists

A court hearing erupted in angry shouting Tuesday when a lawyer for Pakistan’s government refused to satisfy a judge’s demand that he explain why intelligence authorities were detaining nuclear weapons scientists without having filed charges. Lawyers for the detainees’ families say the military’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency is holding at least eight scientists and three retired military officers amid allegations that Pakistanis sold bomb-making secrets to Iran, Libya and North Korea.President Pervez Musharraf and three senior government ministers have said at least some of the men taken in for interrogation over the last two months are rogue profiteers guilty of selling nuclear weapons secrets for personal gain. The detainees’ families say that the men have not sold any secrets and that it is impossible to do so because of tight security. Any sale to governments abroad of information crucial to Pakistan’s national security, they say, could not have been done without the military’s knowledge and approval. Full Story

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