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SC asks AGP to meet Dr Qadeer, find solution of his case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has tasked Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) Khalid Javed here today to meet Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan and find a positive solution to the issue regarding to his free movement.

A three-member SC bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam and comprising Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Yahya Afridi heard the case.

During the course of proceedings, the court directed the attorney general to arrange a meeting of the lawyers with Dr Qadeer.

Justice Faisal Arab said it was a matter of individual rights and national interest, and the media should also report it responsibly.

The attorney general suggested that the court should hear the stance of both parties in chamber.

Justice Yahya Afridi observed that an in-camera hearing in the chamber would not be appropriate. It would be better that the government should sit with Dr Qadeer Khan to resolve the issue as the latter might want some concessions, he added.

He said there were some limitations of the government, and Dr Qadeer should consider them and inform the government about the facilities which he needed.

Advocate Taufiq Asif, counsel for Dr Qadeer, said his client was not allowed to meet his relatives and loved ones. He would play his positive part in this matter.

Justice Afridi said Dr Qadeer was a sensible man and if the talks were held with him the problem would be solved.

The AGP said Dr Qadeer Khan was a national hero and his services could not be ignored. Later, the case was adjourned for three weeks.

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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.