Imran to AQ – more fuel for PTI’s ideological fire?

Published: April 18, 2012
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The nuclear scientist says he wants to join politics – and PTI is his party of choice. PHOTO: ARSALAN T GHUMMAN

The nuclear scientist says he wants to join politics – and PTI is his party of choice. PHOTO: ARSALAN T GHUMMAN

ISLAMABAD: 

Remember Dr Abdul Qadir Khan? The ‘father of Pakistan’s nuclear programme’ seems to have been inspired by his counterpart in India, who served as president a few years ago.

Out of the public eye for some time now, the controversial scientist says he now wants to pursue a career in politics. And the chances are that he will join Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI). In fact, Imran Khan in meeting earlier this week offered the scientist to join PTI as the patron of the party.

“I would love to join PTI – but on one condition,” said AQ Khan in a chat with The Express Tribune. He said he had asked Imran Khan to “To pursue real politics to change Pakistan’s fate.”

AQ Khan said that he has a soft corner for PTI’s leadership – “I will support PTI as I believe it is the only party with a ray of hope for the oppressed.”

“People of Pakistan want change. They want to get rid of traditional politicians as they always let them down by [practicing] corrupt politics.”

While a formal announcement is still yet to be made, AQ Khan, who also writes columns, has said that he will advocate the party and its cause in his articles.

Though the signing, when it happens, will be another high-profile one for PTI, it remains to be seen what this translates into in terms of results on the ground. Despite a possible ideological boost, much like a number of the party’s signings have indeed delivered, the electoral value remains untested.

Then there is also the international controversy caused by AQ Khan’s alleged nuclear proliferation network – something that the PTI will have to consider if it is to become a mainstream player that will deal with the international leaders on the global scale.

But the party seems upbeat. “PTI’s doors are always open for AQ Khan,” said PTI’s Senior Vice President Dr Shireen Mazari – welcoming AQ Khan’s praise and support for the party.

Analysts seem unconvinced – but point out that the right-wing appeal of the PTI will increase with the addition of AQ Khan, who is celebrated as a national hero by ultra-nationalists despite the serious allegations of criminal proliferation.

Dr Ayesha Siddiqa was of the belief that AQ Khan would sit alongside other non-electable old guard that has joined PTI. “The scientist, of course, will contribute something – but probably not in the longer perspective.”

Harris Khalique commenting on the pairing of the two Khans, said that the PTI and its chairman was whipping up a certain kind of conservative nationalist emotion which he thinks is his only way to grab power.

Khalique was also of the opinion that AQ Khan’s claim to be the “father of the bomb” is controversial within the country and he is seen as responsible for proliferation – something he has already confessed to before being pardoned by the President of Pakistan in 2004.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 18th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (127)

  • Shah Faisal
    Apr 18, 2012 - 8:55AM

    We love you A.Q. Khan and you are our hero. Your joining of PTI will give moral support to PTI and hope to youth. We are sure that your guidance will help PTI. You were great support to the nation in tough time of late seventies and early eighties. We need you once more. All the best to PTI team for having hero on its side. PTI is becoming party of good professionals.

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  • siddique
    Apr 18, 2012 - 9:01AM

    Pakistan need these heroes

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  • Shaheer Malik
    Apr 18, 2012 - 9:01AM

    We love to see both Khans together very soon Inshall Allah.

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  • Ahmad Ali
    Apr 18, 2012 - 9:03AM

    Nuclear proliferation was a flimsy allegation on Qadeer Khan. He was scapegoat to safeguard country and corrupt “national” institutions. No one can do it alone nor it is children game.

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  • Apr 18, 2012 - 9:07AM

    People of Pakistan are waiting a historical movement of Dr. AQ Khan Joining PTI. This will be a real changing movement in PTI.

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  • Ali q
    Apr 18, 2012 - 9:16AM

    An encouraging trend…with asad umar and abdul qadir khan on board, it’s fairly obvious that men who aren’t professional politicians, men with ambition and achievement choose PTI to bring about greater impact.

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  • Apr 18, 2012 - 9:18AM

    wecome to our world – a day dreaming – seeking no elections context – referring Europe, america what happens around ? AQ>Khan beaware of all!

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  • Cheema
    Apr 18, 2012 - 9:19AM

    AQ Khan is an asset of Pakistan no matter what his faults. Even Mush had this to say about him.” I considered him a hero, He is still my hero” We all can have an error in Judgment since we are human. BUT O people of Pakistan do not forget what he did for you.

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  • Naumann Malik
    Apr 18, 2012 - 9:20AM

    “The ‘father of Pakistan’s nuclear programme’ seems to have been inspired by his counterpart in India”

    Are you seriously kidding me…? This is as prime as it gets to “lifafa journalism”. Where has Dr. AQ ever mentioned this…? Please stop whipping up lies to create viewership. I hate your bias towards Islam & Pakistan, and this is as low as it can get.

    Dr. AQ was, is & will ALWAYS be a hero of Pakistan, for defending its borders & making India stop it’s aggressive designs against us.Recommend

  • Farrukh Bashir
    Apr 18, 2012 - 9:24AM

    Finally, someone is here to value the living legend! welcome to PTI Sir. Pakistan is, and always will be, honored to have you. Respect! :)Recommend

  • aftab ali khan
    Apr 18, 2012 - 9:27AM

    inshallah he will join PTIRecommend

  • Lala Gee
    Apr 18, 2012 - 9:28AM

    This could be the best news ever for Pakistan. God bless Dr. Qadeer Khan and Imran Khan.

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  • Pragmatic
    Apr 18, 2012 - 9:28AM

    Whatever Khan does it gets the ire of ET. What should he do sit at home and wear bangles?

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  • Apr 18, 2012 - 9:30AM

    Oh God, quick, someone send an ambulance to Raiwind and let it stay there on stand-by, their might a heart attack or two in the locality of Raiwind.

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  • Iram
    Apr 18, 2012 - 9:31AM

    Hurrah! last Asad Umar ex CEO of Engro group showed intention to join PTI and today Dr. A.Q Khan. we are about to build a great Pakistan, nation we have a ray of hop now remove your disbelieve. Imran Khan is building a great team for you, thanks IK that is why i always say i have a blind trust in you.

    we are moving on right direction, “Don’t worry if moving slowly, be worry if standing still”.

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  • salman
    Apr 18, 2012 - 9:34AM

    this is real change….. wahoooow

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  • bilal irfan
    Apr 18, 2012 - 9:39AM

    Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
    Thank you PTI.

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  • farhan
    Apr 18, 2012 - 9:40AM

    Long live pakistan. PTI

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  • Noble Tufail
    Apr 18, 2012 - 9:40AM

    Abist omen!

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  • Falcon
    Apr 18, 2012 - 9:47AM

    Welcome to PTI…

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  • PTI Dhakki-Charsadda
    Apr 18, 2012 - 9:50AM

    Marvelous…whatever you did, we have been waiting for you, AQ Khan.

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  • Limestone
    Apr 18, 2012 - 9:55AM

    Like it or not, AQK does have massive support in Pakistan. This will certainly have an impact in the upcoming elections.

    AQ’s criticism about IK is justified to an extent, and therefore iK will need to mould himself accordingly.

    My vote is for PTI.

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  • Taemoor Khan
    Apr 18, 2012 - 10:04AM

    Future looks grim for pakistan. PTI+DPC+AQ = sunni version of Iran. Life of Pakistanis, on the other hand, is gonna get tougher. May Allah save us from this “tsunami” of ignorance.
    Also Librals in US will be sooo happy to have this combination ruling Pakistan. It will give them all the reasons to completely strip us off our nuclear power and strnegthen India with even greater military and stretegic support. Not to mention the Irani style hyper inflation, served as sider to the main dish. Iran, atleast has its own oil and gas. We dont even have clean water for God’s sake. One can only pray for the country.

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  • Junaid Atique
    Apr 18, 2012 - 10:06AM

    Now ET is showing he is Controversial. When someday PTI will win INSHALLAH win elections all those voters will either be ‘FOOLS’ or ‘CONTROVERSIAL’ according to ET?

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  • Lala Gee
    Apr 18, 2012 - 10:06AM

    “Khalique was also of the opinion that AQ Khan’s claim to be the “father of the bomb” is controversial within the country and he is seen as responsible for proliferation – something he has already confessed to before being pardoned by the President of Pakistan in 2004.”

    ET should be ashamed of reporting the whole news in a much biased way, particularly the above quoted paragraph is like slapping on the face of informed Pakistanis.

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  • Bee
    Apr 18, 2012 - 10:09AM

    Whos Harris Khalique???

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  • Farooq Khalid
    Apr 18, 2012 - 10:12AM

    Best combination possible, Dr saab president and Imran Khan PM, loving it

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  • vasan
    Apr 18, 2012 - 10:15AM

    Once the Dr Khan joins PTI, IK cannot complain about the theft of other politicians,. After all AQK himself is a thief stealing nuclear drawings from Belgium, and selling the centrifuges after stealing them from Pakistan to Iran and N Korea, There goes the “cleanliness” of the PTI.

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  • Apr 18, 2012 - 10:22AM

    the controversial scientist

    No he is NOT! Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan is loved, admired and respected across the board! ET stop this non-sense propaganda against Pakistan and her heroes!

    You are only speaking the language of your western overlords. The true face of the pathetic pseudo-liberal media!

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  • ayesha khan
    Apr 18, 2012 - 10:23AM

    @Naumann Malik: “Please stop whipping up lies to create viewership. I hate your bias towards Islam & Pakistan,”

    The reference which has inflamed you so much is to the fact that his counterpart Dr. Abdul Kalam who headed the nuclear establishment in India went on to become the President of India. Since Dr. Abdul Kalam was also Muslim I do not see how this statement is anti-Islam as you claim. Also if A Q Khan hopes to be President Of Pakistan some day just as Abdul Kalam had become President of India – how is that anti-Pakistan? Particularly since you consider Dr. A qKhan as a hero.

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  • RizwanTKhan
    Apr 18, 2012 - 10:24AM

    A great move. Now all the patriotic people should try gathering masses to join PTI for electoral sweep.

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  • Mirza Zulfiqar Baig
    Apr 18, 2012 - 10:24AM

    Dr. A.Q.Khan was made scapegoat by Musharraf. Now we have hope that change certainly will come. Good luck PTI.

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  • Yasir
    Apr 18, 2012 - 10:28AM

    Khans to the rescue. Way to go!!

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  • Apr 18, 2012 - 10:34AM

    We will hats off to Dr. A Q Khan on his joining PTI

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  • Atif Razzaq
    Apr 18, 2012 - 10:44AM

    Our prayers are with you.

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  • BlackJack
    Apr 18, 2012 - 10:47AM

    I take strong exception to this attempt to equate global proliferator and pilferer of nuclear secrets with the former President of India. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam never stole nuclear secrets from another country or violated the non-proliferation regime; he is also non-political (not a member of any political party). He is probably the best President that India has ever had (Dr. Radhakrishnan is another).

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  • Political Analyst
    Apr 18, 2012 - 10:52AM

    Its time the whole world sees that we pakistani’s love our national heros and they get the respect that they deserve. Enough with the US slave leaders of yesterday …. a good victory for imran khan …

    SAB SAY PEHLAY PAKISTAN … PAKISTAN ZINDABAD ….

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  • Kamal
    Apr 18, 2012 - 10:53AM

    Great news. Whatever he did was with the consent and as per the policy of our establishment. He was just scapegoated in the name of national interest. There is no doubt in my mind that he is our national hero. I hope the liberal extremists do not bash him just because they hate IK.

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  • Anonymous
    Apr 18, 2012 - 10:53AM

    Dreaming for what Dr. A.J.K. Abu al-Kalam acheived in India? Remember he remained non-controvential all his life and enjoyed the fruit. But with all due respect to Dr. AQ, its not the same with him. His departure from Kahota and the events following thereafter have put a big question mark on his personality. So better to sit back home and enjoy whatever is left for him. Final decision lies with him only.Recommend

  • Apr 18, 2012 - 10:55AM

    Way to go – GO IK!!!

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  • Muhammad Saleem Usmani
    Apr 18, 2012 - 10:57AM

    Dr. A. Q. Khan is the father of the nuclear program and will remain as such. He should be welcome to any corridor of public life. By the way, who is Haris Khalique? What are his credentials to be mentioned alongside some one AQ Khan? I thought Express Tribune had a better way of doing news that this.

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  • Nadeem khan
    Apr 18, 2012 - 10:58AM

    Grear achievment by Imran Khan as Dr. A Q khan’s call nation will definately help Imran Khan and his Cause to Save pakistan.

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  • ashok
    Apr 18, 2012 - 10:58AM

    Pakistan should make AQ Khan as its President. He will enjoy full immunity from his past misdeeds which he admitted and apologized on the TV in person.

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  • malatesh
    Apr 18, 2012 - 11:01AM

    Congratulations! PTI for recruiting another salesman.

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  • Tariq
    Apr 18, 2012 - 11:03AM

    ET is really becoming crap.Always biased towards PTI.Only hope for change in this country in PTI.

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  • Observer's Eye
    Apr 18, 2012 - 11:08AM

    You cannot label Dr. AQ Khan- he’s proud of every single Pakistan- So PTI kids stay away!

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  • Apr 18, 2012 - 11:10AM

    This news article itself a failed effort to make this development and AQ controversial. Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Apr 18, 2012 - 11:14AM

    @thoughtfelon, Since you have long been kicked out of pkpolitics, you have since resorted to exhibiting your fantasies on alternative forums.As for Ambulances, heart attacks and Raiwind; people coming to the Inquilabi Tehreek have a unique penchant of leaving it within the first two months. In the event Dr. A.Q. Khan realizes that he bet his wagers on a losing stallion on steroids, Dr. A.Q. Khan will himself undertake the Raiwind yatra and and an Ambulance will be on standby outside the Goldsmith Summer House in Banigala to tend to a cardiac arrest suffered by you know “who.”

    Ciao!

    P.S. I can still request the admin at pkpolitics to cut you some slack so that you can become a part of our community again, provided that you quit dreaming even in broad daylight.

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  • Usman
    Apr 18, 2012 - 11:23AM

    Go Zardari Go, Go Nawaz Go, PTI Zindabad

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  • jamal
    Apr 18, 2012 - 11:25AM

    ok, now few days back few articles were published by Haroon Rashid (of Jang) and Dr. AQ Khan, blaming each other over the intentions of Dr. AQ khan to join PTI. the articles were of quite personal nature. Just curious re. the standing of Mr. Haroon Rashid in the PTI?

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  • Pragmatist
    Apr 18, 2012 - 11:26AM

    Sloganeering and posturing is what IK does best. By bringing in AQ Khan, who is the ‘persona non-grata’ of the entire West, IK is saying that he does not need the west. Good luck with that Kaptaan saab. I am curious to see where you’ll get investment from.

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  • Naveed Alam Khattak
    Apr 18, 2012 - 11:35AM

    Yah! We want to get rid of traditional politics. We want a new pakistan free of religious and sectrian violence. We want Pakistan with peace, education and prosperity.
    We also request our leader to avoid wasting his time during speeches, condemning PPP, PML (N), USA in the traditional way. Because we are already aware of their characters. We want you to spend you time in giving future plans and give some hope to us.
    We also say “Welcome” to our National Hero AQ Khan.
    پہ خیر راغلے۔

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  • Waqas Butt
    Apr 18, 2012 - 11:35AM

    Dr. AQ Khan is not only the hero and ideal of every Pakistani today, but he will be an ideal for the generations to come. We love you Dr. AQ Khan.

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  • Apr 18, 2012 - 11:36AM

    @Iram:
    Inshallah! IK is a true icon. May Allah protect him from every harm.

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  • MAD
    Apr 18, 2012 - 11:39AM

    @ashok: He already does enjoy full immunity courtesy a presidential pardon. infact there are no charges against him

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  • Logic Europe
    Apr 18, 2012 - 11:42AM

    KOILAY KI DALLALI MAIN MUNH KALA
    enter politics and loose all respect and be aware all corruption cases that a q khan is accused of by international institutions will be opened

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  • Syed Shoaib Ahsan
    Apr 18, 2012 - 11:47AM

    What amazes me is the fact that people can think he was responsible for leaking out nuclear information “WITHOUT” the government and the military knowing about it? He was made to be the fall guy, that much is clear. ET should try to be objective when reporting. I’m no PTI supporter, but this article is biased and leading. Learn to be objective.

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  • Wasim
    Apr 18, 2012 - 11:49AM

    These analysists….. Analyse the past… Wait what is written on the wall and then analyse

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  • Vigilant
    Apr 18, 2012 - 11:53AM

    “Ultra-Nationalists” what does that means…..loving our country & national heroes is termed as Ultra-Nationalists???…….every-one make mistakes…..& sometimes mistakes are necessary to get somthing done……most educated and well informed Pakistanis respect Dr. AQK and consider him as Hero…..may be some ulta-educated or Pakistani with dual nationality do not consider him as Hero because they have other options

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  • faraz
    Apr 18, 2012 - 12:05PM

    He ran a nuclear black market and accepted it on TV; come out of the state of denial. The father of nuclear bomb is Dr Munir A khan, but he was a humble man

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  • Farrukh Bashir
    Apr 18, 2012 - 12:09PM

    oh i can so smell some burning anti-PTI, anti-IK and anti-Pakistan hearts.. :D

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  • J T
    Apr 18, 2012 - 12:14PM

    Why am i not surprised the least bit? lol

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  • Karim
    Apr 18, 2012 - 12:15PM

    I don’t like his joining the party as he is a controversial character. He has a bad repute internationally.

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  • Farrukh Bashir
    Apr 18, 2012 - 12:17PM

    dear across the border political experts,

    will you please stay out of this and mind your own business? times of india also has comments section, and they r not moderated as well. how about messing around in there? huh?

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  • ANON
    Apr 18, 2012 - 12:33PM

    Whether he did it alone or with the army, he was charged with Nuclear proliferation.He admitted it on TV. I respect Qadir a lot but i will never trust him with an authority again. Bad move PTI. Stay away from Qadir.

    To Dr. Qadir! You will be always respected and loved but what you did is unforgivable. Because of you, noone trusts us in the world. We can’t forgive you sorry. Just stay at home and live a normal life.

    To all those supporters of PTI! You guys have any idea how wrong it will be to hand over a responsibility to Dr. Qadir again? World doesn’t trust this guy. Noone will deal with us. Because of PPP corruption, noone give us funds and if you made Qadir something, world will boycott us.Use your common sense.Recommend

  • ANON
    Apr 18, 2012 - 12:36PM

    @Taemoor Khan:
    That is what i was thinking. We are moving towards isolation with this upcoming combination.Clearly an Iranian version of Govt. Iran can atleast sustain itself but what about us?Recommend

  • Lt Col Imtiaz Alam(retd)
    Apr 18, 2012 - 12:41PM

    Dr.Khan will give a great boost to PTI. I hope IK listens to his advice.

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  • Apr 18, 2012 - 12:43PM

    @vasan:
    mate tell me one thing please,,,,, how come india did the first of its nuclear explosion in 1974 when they do not even know how to build a motorbike back then

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  • THE
    Apr 18, 2012 - 12:44PM

    This IS the real change!! First Asad Umar and now AQ Khan, this is amazing news! May Allah give AQ Khan a live life, the whole nation prays for him whenever his name comes up.
    Pakistan Zindabad!!

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  • Apr 18, 2012 - 12:46PM

    @BlackJack:
    he is still ugly though init

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  • Muhammad Tahir Mazari
    Apr 18, 2012 - 12:48PM

    I agree with those who think that the proliferation issue was a flimsy affair and that the whole issue was related to saving the corrupt institutions of the country and in order to do that AQ Khan was used as a scapegoat. I mean, it is beyond my wildest imagination to think that a person whose every move and every minute of his life was monitored by our agencies, would involve into something so huge and no one in the country knew anything about it. I guess it was to save the necks of some Generals in the army from the noose that he was made to confess.
    His joining PTI will certainly be a good thing and result into gaining momentum. Good Luck to PTI and AQ Khan.

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  • Anonymous
    Apr 18, 2012 - 12:56PM

    18. “Change!” hmm, but do we think HOW we GONNA have this “change”?. I mean why we guys just blindly think and have belief that someone would gonna bring CHANGE!? WE have to bring it by our self, We have to come forward , WE HAVE to play our role. With Due respect; problem with us is that We all claim that we want change, BUT unfortunately we are not ready to do something for it. Lets leave future for a sec and talk about present what are we doing now? We are being crushed day by day, Death ratio is increasing, crimes rates are increasing, Prices are going high day by day, But what we are doing. By saying that this all is happening wrong! We should condemn, local bodies are responsible, that person is responsible, CJ should take notice, and blah blah! Is it ENOUGH! ? ARE we WAITING FOR OUR TURN? Actually .. NO..We are sort of paralyze, WE ARE WAITING for SOMEONE to BRING CHANGE !.. RIGHT?? Please think…

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  • Sadia
    Apr 18, 2012 - 1:17PM

    does anyone know how many plots aq has in islamabad alone?

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  • socialist
    Apr 18, 2012 - 1:19PM

    AQK had been keen to join PTI for along time but maybe imran refused him and a verbal spat followed btwn AQK and haroon rashid as far as i remember.it seems that someone has pressed Imran to take AQK now

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  • Ahsan
    Apr 18, 2012 - 1:40PM

    Now Pml-nooon and its filthy members will try yo malign AQ Khan …

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  • syed Imran
    Apr 18, 2012 - 1:47PM

    Pakistani Politics has never honoured its Heroes- may be now is the time. We support you PTI

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  • Ishtiaq_uk
    Apr 18, 2012 - 1:59PM

    I don’t understand, why ET is using the word “controversial” to describe AQ? He might be describd as controversial outside Pakistan; but surely he should be described as a hero inside Pakistan……..regardless of his political association? Just a thought from a expat kashmiri

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Apr 18, 2012 - 2:06PM

    @Lala Gee:

    I understand Munir Ahmad Khan was the real father of Pak’s bomb. AQ Khan was just an engineer who managed to steal a few sensitive documents from URENCO.

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  • vasan
    Apr 18, 2012 - 2:12PM

    raza : Due to the visionary leadership of our beloved first prime minister Pandit Nehru and Dr Homi Baba. No clandestine dealings in this one. Google yourself on Homi Bhaba and learn how India did it. Dont forget to google on AQK and learn how not to do it.
    By the way, since we were concentrating on nukes, we didnt bother about mundane things like motorbikes. We left that for the lesser mortals.

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  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Apr 18, 2012 - 2:29PM

    @Sadia: And most Importantly, are these plots and assets “Declared” on Dr. A.Q. Khan’s tax returns.

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  • Azhar
    Apr 18, 2012 - 2:30PM

    This is great News for Pakistan.. He is a great Hero and will ever be a gereat Hero of Pakistan and infact Muslim world.

    We Salute you and please learn to respect your heroes does not matter to which party he affiliates he is a Pakistani Hero

    Pakistan Zindabad

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  • Johny
    Apr 18, 2012 - 2:39PM

    I wish to see AQ khan as our new president by GOD!

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  • Naveed Alam Khattak
    Apr 18, 2012 - 2:49PM

    @Sadia:
    We don’t want to know how many plats AQ have in Islamabad. We only knows, that AQ Khan owns whole Pakistan and its people. We know that AQ is our hero, he lives in heart and if he need our lives then we are ready to sacrify our live for him. Understand or not!!!!!!

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  • MAD
    Apr 18, 2012 - 3:16PM

    @Ahsan: Well back then PMLN did try and show Dr Samar Mubarak as having done bulk of the work. Frankly I prefer to give both men their due.

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  • Farrukh Bashir
    Apr 18, 2012 - 3:39PM

    looking at Times of India (TOI) website, it seems that since there is a lot crap happening in Indian, therefore indians have to look into Pakistan’s news websites to see something better happening. They post equally negative comments about their country in TOI as much as they pretend to be superior here.. :D

    Get a life, neighbours!

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  • M Ahmed
    Apr 18, 2012 - 3:58PM

    @vasan:
    Yeah whatever! btw those lesser mortals you just mentioned, were none other than your very own Ideal Jawa (1960), Luna (1972), Escourts Group (1962), TVS (1978) and off course Bajaj (1976) who were busy churning out two and three wheelers day in day out. Few of them are now worth billions. You need to start learning about your own HISTORY by going beyond Google, before you start lecturing other people..enough said!

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  • Waqas Tariq
    Apr 18, 2012 - 4:25PM

    @BlackJack:
    “I take strong exception to this attempt to equate global proliferator and pilferer of nuclear secrets with the former President of India. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam never stole nuclear secrets from another country or violated the non-proliferation regime.”

    Heya a non-proliferation thing can only be gained by either stealing or begging. Well in india`s case they begged and we stole :p

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  • jansher yusufzai
    Apr 18, 2012 - 4:28PM

    it will be very good if AQ Khan join PTI because PTI is sincere to make Pakistan a powerfull and walfare state.. and a lot bad people joined PTI and other parties are cashing it. if Dr Khan join it then other parties will not make allegations about PTI. PTI got poewr just for their idealogy and only they can save Pakistan. though i belonged to another party but this time my vote is to PTI…….. for change

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Apr 18, 2012 - 4:40PM

    Dr. Khan is a great hero but like many retired Generals and Bureacrats he is very unstable person. I read his articles and find him very contradictory and emotional on important issues. Mark my words, its very bad news for PTI.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Apr 18, 2012 - 4:47PM

    We love both of you khans zindabad jaye pakistan.

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  • WAQAR AZEEM
    Apr 18, 2012 - 5:08PM

    Is AQ Khan join the PTI?????
    Or its just a meeting????

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  • ?{?
    Apr 18, 2012 - 5:59PM

    Pakistani NEOCON’S ………..

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  • Lala Gee
    Apr 18, 2012 - 6:06PM

    @Yuri Kondratyuk:

    “I understand Munir Ahmad Khan was the real father of Pak’s bomb. AQ Khan was just an engineer who managed to steal a few sensitive documents from URENCO.”

    A complex project like making nuclear weapons requires the skills and services of thousands and everybody plays his vital role in achieving success. But A.Q. Khan’s role was the major and most important one because he was the only one having knowledge and skill-set in enrichment process. He did not need to steel any documents as he himself was an expert of the enrichment process, and working in the same capacity at URENCO. If learning from books and experience is steeling, then Indians could be blamed for the same as well. Mind you he was not an administrator there but an enrichment specialist and held PhD Degree in Metallurgical Engineering.

    By the way, would you like to shed light on what your Indian scientists not learned from the West and developed by themselves in this particular field like discovering E=MC(2), or the fission process, or the critical mass, or the enrichment process? Or you just stole all the the things in making your bomb.

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  • Apr 18, 2012 - 6:06PM

    All Parties need to tell us how to contain sectarian another violence.

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  • Sharaf Khan
    Apr 18, 2012 - 6:09PM

    No Sadia,please enlighten us with some solid documentary proof, not the usual wishy washy based accusations.

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  • HarisButNotKhalique
    Apr 18, 2012 - 6:12PM

    The only important thing mentioned here is that, AQ Khan wants to join PTI and PTI welcoming him with open arms.
    I don’t have words to say about the rest of the things mentioned in the article because they are all Crap!

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  • man
    Apr 18, 2012 - 6:14PM

    hey our AQ Khan come to politics, nation loves you and will support you.

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  • Lala Gee
    Apr 18, 2012 - 6:16PM

    @vasan:

    “No clandestine dealings in this one. Google yourself on Homi Bhaba and learn how India did it.”

    We already know you did it by stealing Plutonium from Canadian reactor given to India on the condition of peaceful civilian use. That was the reason you termed your first detonation as peaceful explosion, aka “Smiling Budha”.

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Apr 18, 2012 - 6:34PM

    @Lala Gee:
    A Q Khan isn’t a nuclear scientist even till date. He was a metallurgist and his knowledge of nuclear science was very fundamental let alone the operation/design/manufacture of centrifuges. He stole the centrifuge designs when the relevant engineering drawings were given to him for translation. To quote a fact, he did not copy the upper part of the centrifuges as he didn’t know it’s mechanical significance.

    What he successfully did was hog the credit all for himself and made nuclear proliferation a successful business by selling to various countries (possibly even to India).

    Refer:
    http://www.pakdef.info/forum/showthread.php?12746-Dr.-G-D-Alam-Interview-with-Daily-Asas-and-Lashkar-1998
    http://lewis.armscontrolwonk.com/archive/4905/india-was-khans-fourth-customer

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  • Indian Troll Interceptor (I.T.I)
    Apr 18, 2012 - 6:54PM

    @vasan: We are so interested in what you have to say. Please tell us how you are miles ahead of us.

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  • A. Q. Bhatti
    Apr 18, 2012 - 7:04PM

    Either Dr. A.Q. Khan is father of Pakistan’s Atomic Bomb or Not, an overwhelming majority of Pakistanis believe that he is. And this the reason that DR. A.Q. Khan’s joining of PTI will boost the educated, modern, nationalist image of PTI which definitely will play a role in General Elections in 2012/2013.

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  • ali
    Apr 18, 2012 - 8:03PM

    great news. AQK was used by the greedy generals to make money then agent moshe discredited him under US pressure. But in the end AQK emerged victorious Recommend

  • Ali Tanoli
    Apr 18, 2012 - 8:45PM

    @Yuri k,
    Enemies of pakistan made nice propaganda against him after unseccefull to prevent them but
    because of this man pakistan not only succeeded but also made possible to make long rang
    phool chedia missile for his counrty and since then all indian agressor became ahnsa to perchari because they cant do any thing else and the world understand that had to take panga
    against us.

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  • hamza khan
    Apr 18, 2012 - 8:53PM

    @Ahmad Ali:

    before making such childish and stupid remarks, you should study the facts and truth. it was the magnamity of president musharraf that he remained confined to his house in pakistan and wasnt once questioned by the americans or any other country. he confessed willingly before the country and president musharraf decided to pardon him. the man is essentially senile now, and his inclusion in mainsteram politics is hardly anything to be cheering for. God knows how many secrets he is aware of. he should sit at home and write columns. Recommend

  • hamza khan
    Apr 18, 2012 - 8:59PM

    @Farooq Khalid:

    hahaha..what a joke. the elections are 1 year away. AQ khan can barely walk. the man is not fit to be president, and the elections are in NO way a wrap for the PTI. i hope he wins, even though i dont support him. but he’s untested and honest, and certainly better than the PPP and PML-N. but thats not to say he’s fit for the job. that we dont know.

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  • Khaksar
    Apr 18, 2012 - 9:19PM

    Please don’t compare AQ Khan with APJ Abdul Kalam. Even though I do have respect for both as scientists, the former has had a very suspicious (even if taking into consideration all those possibilities of being a scapegoat) history while the latter is a great mentor in every aspect to the youth with no allegations whatsoever leveled against him, leading a celibate life and an unquestionable character by person.

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  • Vigilant
    Apr 18, 2012 - 9:31PM

    @Indian Trolls
    Everyone knows that how indians develop the A-bomb and who was the first to introduce A-bombs in south Asia……so plz don’t explain yourself……

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  • Mirza
    Apr 18, 2012 - 10:32PM

    Does anybody remember that the HC has asked AQK to stay quiet and away from the media as a condition of his release? Please let me know the facts I have no other interest except to know the court’s decision and directions.

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  • Shanawar Hashmi
    Apr 18, 2012 - 10:42PM

    I think the announcement will be made in the Quetta Jalsa which will be another record breaking jalsa, Inshallah.

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  • observer
    Apr 18, 2012 - 11:14PM

    Let us say Dr AQ joins PTI government as President/PM/Foreign Minister.

    Will he be able to visit Europe/US where he is wanted for Nuclear proliferation? And will Libya accept him?

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  • Jawad U Rahman
    Apr 19, 2012 - 12:16AM

    PTI supports DPC, and now AQK to join PTI – looks like the dream of LeT and other extremists to get their hands on nukes may be in reach,

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  • 1984
    Apr 19, 2012 - 2:02AM

    @Farrukh Bashir:
    Why dont you look for “The Hindu” ??Its a comprehensive paper having just the news alone and no gossip

    When I was in India.I got a TOI yearly subscription for just 250 which was a bargain as i was spending 75 for just 1 month of Hindu….But after just 1 month,I cancelled TOI and started buying Hindu again….

    TOI website is total crap…They even hire few trolls just to comment bad about Hindus,Muslims,Christians,North indian,Bihari,bengali just to increase the hit count….Also most of their news is crap especially with Bollywood gossips…
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  • Ali Tanoli
    Apr 19, 2012 - 2:15AM

    we love u khan no matter what and we know how america got or all others non muslims got
    there wmd.

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  • khalid
    Apr 19, 2012 - 3:58AM

    @Ch Allah Daad: go back to your noora league…no time for yr crap

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  • Iram
    Apr 19, 2012 - 11:18AM

    @Ch Allah Daad: Grapes are sour. i feel i am the biggest critic of the PMLN but i must confess that PMLN always gave due respect to Dr. A.Q. i must admire this act but now he is joining PTI and i suspect they will propagate false things for him.

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  • Dr. Doolittle
    Apr 19, 2012 - 11:58AM

    Its high time that Pakistan should be ruled by a learned class. The feudal class should go back to its pre-Bhutto form.

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  • Mr. Chaudhry
    Apr 19, 2012 - 2:35PM

    Qaid-e-Azam said, Defending freedom is more difficult task than winning freedom. I think the Dr. A.Q. Khan is the most respected Pakistani hero. He made the our defence impregnable. Now, for the salvation of our motherland from corrupt vultures, He should join PTI.

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  • Kaleem
    Apr 19, 2012 - 2:48PM

    that sounds like good news. But keeping emotions aside, we must fairly investigate if our soil was used for nuclear proliferation and who did this. I pray if our hero comes out of this allegation.

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  • Lala Gee
    Apr 19, 2012 - 9:12PM

    @Yuri Kondratyuk:

    “A Q Khan isn’t a nuclear scientist even till date. He was a metallurgist and his knowledge of nuclear science was very fundamental let alone the operation/design/manufacture of centrifuges.”

    You imply to say that even pursuing PhD level studies in metallurgical engineering, he was only taught how to do sand casting and the people at URENCO were even dumber than _ who hired him as enrichment specialist. Did he or I ever claimed that he has done it all alone. You ought to read carefully what is said, though I admit it is difficult to concentrate with high ego and closed mind.

    “He stole the centrifuge designs when the relevant engineering drawings were given to him for translation.”

    Now you say something different, that he was a linguist hired for translating drawings from what – you didn’t mean Hindi, do you? – to what?, and, though you play him down for his skills, at the same time tell us he was also an expert who could understand the electro-mechanical engineering jargon for translation purposes. By the way, even you do not like to recognize his skills, he had a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering (see below).

    “To quote a fact, he did not copy the upper part of the centrifuges as he didn’t know it’s mechanical significance.”

    But then later he was able to recreate the complicated missing uppers parts by himself – Or Indians helped him here? – but needed a copy for the simpler lower parts.

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  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Apr 20, 2012 - 9:21AM

    @Lala Gee:
    I have a masters in mech engg. myself, but, if I were to look into an aircraft, I would have tough time figuring out what is what, apart from the fundamental stuff. That’s only natural because it’s not my specialization. Same goes with any specialist.
    Going by Dr. G D Alam’s statement, Khan never as much as looked at a centrifuge till Pak scientists built them. He got the hands on the drawings only because he was fluent in German, French and English languages.

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  • Muhammad Rizwan Ali
    Apr 20, 2012 - 9:48AM

    Really, If Imran Khan bring AQ in his party,it will be very great for Pakistan, as AQ is the real hero of Pakistan, Imran Khan made very good move, it looks, Imran Kham really serious to some good change in Pakistan.NOW I like PTI
    Lets Pray to God for this AQ + Imran Khan…………

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  • MQM Pak
    Apr 20, 2012 - 2:52PM

    Dear Mistar conceal,

    I is a saportar of MQM , i tale you peoples this AQ khan is iwth Atlaf bhai, and togather them peoples will bring reel chainged is the city packistan…I is the reponse able pearson so i is tell is the good things isRecommend

  • Noman
    Apr 20, 2012 - 5:46PM

    It doesn’t get any better than this. Thank you ET, for redefining bias.

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  • Faiz Al-Najdi
    Apr 22, 2012 - 6:52PM

    Mind you – He is also reportedly posted adversary remarks recently about IK and his party in his one of the Columns in Urdu. He is quoted to have said, “Imran Khan has No Team, No Mission, and No Vision – and hence He was Doomed to Fail” (Unquote). How can He now Change His Opinion about IK?

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  • Lt Col Imtiaz Alam(retd)
    Apr 23, 2012 - 10:26PM

    There are lots of fifth columnist in our ranks & their comments should not be published.

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  • May 6, 2012 - 12:17PM

    PAKISTAN ZINDAABAD

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  • Adnan
    May 11, 2012 - 2:22PM

    @ayesha khan:
    Well if you pick one sentence from the whole article and quote, it wouldn’t definitely look what it actually delivers in the article. Don’t be foolish… if you are… don’t think others would buy your idea and style of looking at things.

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