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Pakistan's nukes

By Pervez Hoodbhoy   March 2004

After the nuclear proliferation bubble burst in late December last year, Pakistan could no longer deny allegations of nuclear wrongdoings by its celebrated bombmaker, Abdul Qadeer Khan. (Khan earned a PhD in metallurgy but is referred to as a “nuclear scientist” in almost all press reports. He picked up his nuclear knowledge at a uranium enrichment plant in the Netherlands, where he stole centrifuge designs.) But notwithstanding his televised confession and apology, few people believe that Khan acted alone. In the high security environment of Pakistani nuclear installations, foreign visits of important personnel and the transfer of equipment would have…

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