ISLAMABAD - Spokesperson of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Farhatullah Babar has strongly rebutted Dr AQ Khan’s assertion that he transferred nuclear materials and technology to two countries on the orders of former prime minister Shaheed Benazir Bhutto.

The assertion of AQ Khan is a belated and desperate attempt to wash the guilt of proliferating nuclear weapons by associating the name of Benazir Bhutto to lend a semblance of respectability to a crime that brought huge embarrassment and inflicted incalculable damage on Pakistan, Senator Farhatullah Babar said in a statement here on Saturday. Babar said public memory was not so short as to forget the public apology tendered by AQ Khan on national television in February 2004 in which acknowledging nuclear proliferation. Expressing “the deepest sense of sorrow, anguish and regret” over what he had done, Dr Khan had also admitted in his infamous TV appearance, “The investigation has established that many of the reported activities did occur and that these were inevitably initiated at my behest”.

Babar said that the so-called disclosure by Dr Khan at this point of time was a futile attempt to wash his guilt by seeking to associate Benazir Bhutto in his crime.

It is disgusting that almost a decade later Dr Khan should be seeking to restore his image by seeking to lay the blame at the door of Shaheed Bibi when the latter is no longer alive, Senator Babar said.