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Pakistan's nuclear hero, world's No. 1 nuclear suspect

Revered as the father of the Pakistani nuclear weapons program, Abdul Qadeer Khan has confessed to sharing weapons secrets with regimes around the world. In Pakistan Abdul Qadeer Khan has long been a respected, almost genial, figure – a cross between a CEO and a sports star. Streets, schools, even cricket teams carry his name. He paid for a community center near his home in Islamabad, so elderly neighbors would have a place to watch TV. And it’s widely noted in the local media that feeding monkeys is his favorite pastime. But Dr. A.Q. Khan didn’t become famous for his quirks or charitable impulse. He is revered in his homeland as the father of the Pakistani nuclear weapons program, as the man whose knowledge and drive brought his country fissile equality with archrival India. In the West, his image is darker. For years US intelligence has considered the tall, gray-haired man as a dangerous kind of A-bomb Johnny Appleseed – a man willing to share weapons secrets with anyone, for a price. Full Story

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