Washington, June 5: Pakistan nuclear scientist Dr AQ Khan's assertion that he had confessed to transferring nuclear technology to other countries, in the national interest and 'under pressure', has reopened an 'all-but-shut case' potentially implicating the Pakistan military in nuclear proliferation, the US' news intelligence service Stratfor has said in a commentary.
Khan had said that after he was persuaded to confess to the crime, the actual offenders who were involved in selling nuclear knowhow to other countries got a chance to go scot-free. Describing Dr Khan's retraction as 'important', Stratfor said: "All along it has been an open secret of sorts that Khan was carrying out orders from the top generals of the Pakistani Army".
Stratfor said in its commentary: "Along with Musharraf, the army has seen its power weakened by recent changes in Pakistan. Khan's retraction of his confession opens the door for fingers to point at the military, and creates a new source of pressure and a potential challenge to the army's power," reported the Daily Times.
It added: "What happens to Musharraf or Khan or any other individual is of very little consequence. What is crucial is whether the military will reassert control over the state, or whether the old system will be replaced by a new one (or with anarchy). It is however unlikely that the civilian leadership will be able to replace the army as a force to unite Pakistan."