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Pakistan capable of targeting Delhi in 5 minutes: Dr Qadeer Khan

ISLAMABAD: Nuclear Scientist and father of Pakistan’s nuclear programme, Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan said on Sunday that Pakistan has the ability to target India’s Delhi from Rawalpindi in five minutes.

In an interview, Dr. Khan said: “We were able and we had the plan to launch nuclear test in 1984, but the then President General Zia ul Haq opposed the move and that was the main reason Pakistan hadn’t become a nuclear power that time.

“General Zia opposed nuclear testing because he believed that the world would intervene militarily,” Dr. Khan said.

He expressed how humiliated he felt when he was forced to accept responsibility for proliferation and live a life of semi-house arrest. He said Pakistan would never have achieved the feat of becoming first Muslim nuclear country without his services.

“We are facing the worst against our services to the country’s nuclear program,” he said referring to the humiliation he suffered.


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.