AQ Khan launches 100 day campaign on electing 'clean', 'honest' men

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Published: September 10, 2012
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Abdul Qadeer Khan, whom many Pakistanis regard as a hero for building the Islamic world's first nuclear bomb, would not be a candidate for any public office and would guide the movement as its chairman. PHOTO: FILE

Abdul Qadeer Khan, whom many Pakistanis regard as a hero for building the Islamic world's first nuclear bomb, would not be a candidate for any public office and would guide the movement as its chairman. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb is launching a 100-day campaign to end corruption and urges voters to elect “clean and honest” candidates in polls next year, a senior party official said Monday.

Tehreek-e-Tahafuzz Pakistan or Save Pakistan Movement (SPM), announced in July, will contest general elections due in 2013, secretary general Chaudhry Khurshid Zaman told a press conference in Islamabad.

Abdul Qadeer Khan, whom many Pakistanis regard as a hero for building the Islamic world’s first nuclear bomb, would not be a candidate for any public office and would guide the movement as its chairman, Zaman said.

Zaman said from Tuesday Khan would kick off his 100-day campaign during which he will address bar associations, universities students, chambers of commerce and industries across Pakistan.

The starting point would be the town of Kahuta, which is home to Pakistan’s nuclear facilities near the capital Islamabad, where Khan will address the local bar association, Zaman said.

Khan’s party is critical of the current government and all political parties who have remained in power for their “corruption and misrule”, he said, adding that “new people will be given an opportunity to contest elections”.

“We urge the Pakistanis, particularly youth, to elect clean and honest people in coming elections, because the parties who are in power now or were in the past are responsible for the mess in which Pakistan is today, Zaman said.

He said that the SPM “most likely will make an alliance with right-wing parties because they also believe that doctor Khan can turn around things in Pakistan”.

Zaman said Khan had started the movement after seeing the “deteriorating economic and political situation due to corruption and bad governance in the country with an aim to turn around it”.

“We are getting tremendous response through social media and more than two million people have contacted us by email, SMS, fax, surface mail to join our movement,” Zaman said.

Khan admitted in 2004 that he ran a nuclear black-market selling secrets to Iran, Libya and North Korea. But he later retracted his remarks and in 2009 was freed from house arrest, although he was asked to keep a low profile.

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  • shoaib
    Sep 10, 2012 - 9:29PM

    YAWN
    All i hear from AQ KHAN : blah blah …I need attention…blah blah….I alone made pakistan nuclear…..blah blah…praise me….

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  • Cautious
    Sep 10, 2012 - 9:32PM

    No doubt most Pakistani’s won’t see the irony in a convict starting a political party who promotes electing “honest” people.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 10, 2012 - 9:38PM

    Zardari’s second projectile is out to give PPP another term. A.Q. will be helpful, if first projectile refuses to fly and boycotts the elections.

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  • lalai
    Sep 10, 2012 - 9:39PM

    You have to knock at the heaven’s door because no one is clean and honest in todays societies based on capitalism. It is based on the exploitation of the masses and not even your good self was spared in the due course of time.

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  • Acorn Guts
    Sep 10, 2012 - 9:41PM

    What part of ‘keep a low profile’ don’t you understand? First you showed complete disregard of country’s honour by selling years of hard work, then sent global security into a spasm and now this soap opera? Please spare us!

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  • Chengez K
    Sep 10, 2012 - 9:41PM

    Long live Dr Qadeer….the hero of all Pakistan…………despite the global media campaign as done earlier with ZAB & Agha Hasan Abedi…….

    Dr AQA Khan lives in the heart of every Pakistani

    Dr AQ Khan Zindabad

    Pakistan Paindabad

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  • SaneVoice
    Sep 10, 2012 - 10:00PM

    Mr. A. Q. Khan I wonder your wits firstly for the Waterkit, secondly for your statement about your birthplace Bhopal and thirdly Political Party in Pakistan!

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  • Ahsan
    Sep 10, 2012 - 10:06PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad .. please put an end to this delusion of yours Sir that you (read PMLN) are such a big political force that PPP needs 2-3 new parties to beat you or that everything that happens in the universe is a conspiracy against PMLN :) PPP has defeated you in 3 out of 5 elections you fought together, without PTI or AQ Khan, and two of those 3 times were when you had all establishment support. PPP didn’t make your leaders run to Jeddah without changing their nappies, they themselves did.

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  • BLing BLing
    Sep 10, 2012 - 10:24PM

    The guy smuggling nuclear bombs around the world campaigning on electing clean and honest men!

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  • Falcon
    Sep 10, 2012 - 10:28PM

    @Ahsan:
    That was funny!

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  • Shams Khalid
    Sep 10, 2012 - 10:33PM

    The question is NOT whether he understands “keep a low profile” or not.

    The real question is who has the legitimacy AND the moral right to tell him to keep a low profile. The robbers and the traitors?

    Think about it! What did he give the nation; and what did they leave for the nation?
    And you know who said he sold years of hard work? Certified liars! As for his confessions, they were obviously coerced.
    Go back to sleep, Acorn! (and keep a low profile)

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  • AK
    Sep 10, 2012 - 10:49PM

    Look who is talking about honesty..

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 10, 2012 - 10:53PM

    @ Ahsan..You are right, PPP has defeated PML 3 out of 5 times, but twice PPP lost to PML means that no one else achieved victory against PPP accept PML and that under leadership of Nawaz Sharif. In future too, if you want to defeat PPP, you have to get services of PML(N). Relying on any other party, especially which has absolutely no experience, organization and vote bank to defeat PPP is same as betting on an Associate member to win the cricket world cup. Thanks for proving my point.

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  • Hafeez
    Sep 10, 2012 - 10:56PM

    oh my God! Another?

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  • Jehadi
    Sep 10, 2012 - 11:10PM

    A dishonest person asking to select honest people… A sign of “” qurb-e-Qiamat”Recommend

  • Ahsan
    Sep 10, 2012 - 11:38PM

    @Ch Allah Daad … dude ask around friends and family that in a best of 5 series if the score is 3-2 who is the loser :) n probably you also forgot being beaten by PML-Q? that was again a conspiracy against PML-N? I am surprised how can you PML-N followers point out conspiracies when you yourself are an illegal child of establishment led conspiracy? so essentially you want only 1 party to ever exist in Pakistan, every other party that will ever form will be a conspiracy against PML-N by PPP, right? PTI may not beat you both looters PPP and PML-N but it will hopefully establish the point that there is a 3rd option so that PPP and PML-N quit playing “aik meri baari “lootnay ki phir aik tumhari bari” … what we can get under Mr Mian Nawaz Sharif is another martial law and empty reserves and maybe 2 more cooks from Lahore get a chance to see Jeddah and make Mian Sb garam garam niharis …

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  • Syed
    Sep 10, 2012 - 11:50PM

    Would AQ Khan would even be in the ‘clean honest’ list? I guess he is asking people to put him outside the list. A man who compromised Pakistani interests and admitted openly to misdeeds deserves to be really called a hypocrite.

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  • dasmir
    Sep 11, 2012 - 12:37AM

    Begin from your own house A Q

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  • jamshed kharian-pak
    Sep 11, 2012 - 1:45AM

    One thing is sure Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan can do something wonderful for Pakistan as he & his Team did before for Pakistan we Must give Him a Chance he is a Great One of the Greatest Men Of Pakistan

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  • Dr Imran Ahmed
    Sep 11, 2012 - 9:09AM

    Man who sold country’s nuclear secrets for money lectures nation on honesty

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  • Ozymandias
    Sep 11, 2012 - 1:46PM

    @Dr Imran Ahmed:
    But the question is: did he overinvoice or not|?

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  • Moeen Salahuddin
    Sep 12, 2012 - 12:49PM

    I would like to join this great Pakistani in his effort change our country for the better by improving democracy. If the demcratic process if cleaned than the country will prosper and the peoples life will improve. Let us all be positive and support our own views rather than throw dirt on each other.

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