Senators call for probe into nuclear proliferation scandal

    Islamabad, Aug 31 : Senators from different political parties criticised former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf who in a recent interview claimed that he pardoned Dr AQ Khan, after the nuclear scientist knelt down in front of him and begged forgiveness for nuclear proliferation.
    According to a report by Irfan Ghauri in “The Express Tribune” today, the issue was raised by PML-N Senator Salim Zia as an issue of public importance.
    In his remarks, Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani questioned timing of Musharraf’s claims and said the interview came after the US President had cast doubts on Pakistan’s efforts in the war against terrorism.
    “Context of this statement should be seen… its timing is very important,” remarked Senator Zia, calling Musharraf’s statement damaging and demanding a thorough probe into the matter.
    The report said, PPP’s Farhatullah Babar said Musharraf’s statement required an independent inquiry into the matter to expose all those involved.