Govt: A.Q. violating protocol

Disgraced nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan, who is required to inform law enforcement agencies about his movements, is not cooperating with them and is rather “violating” the agreed terms of his “security protocol”, the Pakistani government told a court here on Friday.
Deputy attorney-general Navid Anayat Malik said at the Lahore high court, which was hearing a petition filed by Dr Khan opposing the restrictions imposed on his movements, that the scientist had been directed by the court to inform law enforcement agencies about his movements.
“But he is not cooperating with them, and rather he is violating the agreed terms of his security protocol. His attitude (with the security agencies) is not good,” he said. The government has kept a close watch on Dr Khan since he admitted in 2004 to running a clandestine proliferation ring. Mr Malik submitted to the court the federal government’s reply on the security protocol for Dr Khan.
Justice Ijaz Chaudhry of the high court expressed his dissatisfaction over the reply, saying that it did not contain appropriate answers to queries made by the court.
Justice Chaudhry ordered Mr Malik to submit an affidavit and a fresh reply at the next hearing on May 28. He said the court wanted to know why its orders to ease restrictions on Dr Khan were not being implemented in letter and spirit.

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