Power’s world: the Great Khan of Pakistan’s nukes

By Jonathan Power  

Whenever I introduced Munir Khan to a friend I would say light-heartedly “and this is the father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb,” just to enjoy the pleasure of watching the reaction. Khan himself would give a self-deprecatory smile. As Hans Blix, the former director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the world’s nuclear policeman, put it to me, Khan was “a cheerful soul.”

The world has been told over and over again that the father of the Pakistani bomb was AQ (Qadeer) Khan,…

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