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Delicate Dance for Musharraf in Nuclear Case

Almost from the moment he took power in October 1999, Gen. Pervez Musharraf heard about serious problems with Abdul Qadeer Khan, the prominent Pakistani nuclear weapons scientist who this week issued a tearful, public confession to selling nuclear secrets around the world. Those early reports, aides to General Musharraf said this week, involved financial improprieties — allegations of skimming from government contracts and awarding contracts to relatives for work at the government laboratory run by Dr. Khan. But over the years, officials from the United States and elsewhere gathered more troubling evidence — that Dr. Khan was secretly exporting nuclear know-how to Iran, North Korea and Libya. For years, little was done to stop the flow of nuclear secrets. Aides to General Musharraf say he lacked the necessary proof to crack down on Dr. Khan, but some former and current American officials say there was considerable evidence that General Musharraf was turning a blind eye to Dr. Khan’s activities, which they say may have involved parts of the Pakistani military. Full Story

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