No world body be allowed access to A Q Khan: Minister

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Islamabad, Sep 28 (UNI) Asserting Abdul Qadeer Khan was a ''national hero'', Pakistan has made it clear that neither the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nor any other world organisation would be allowed access to the disgraced nuclear scientist.

''Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan was a national hero and despite some mistakes, neither the IAEA nor any other world body would be allowed access to Dr Khan,'' Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Tariq Azeem Khan said.

The Minister explained since Pakistan was not a signatory to the Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), it was not bound to open its strategic assets to the world body.

''No world power or body can question our nuclear programme,'' he told newspersons.

In his reaction to former premier Benazir Bhutto's statement that she would allow the UN nuclear watchdog to question Dr Khan, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Muhammad Ali Durrani, in the same news conference, said the strategic national interests would be safeguarded at all costs.

''The entire nation is the guardian of the strategic national interests. No one would dare compromise the national interests. I hope no politician would issue statements against the national interest,'' Mr Durrani said.

UNI

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