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Published on 16 Jul 2013 | over 4 years ago

Abdul Qadeer Khan, world's most dangerous nuclear technology proliferator from Pakistan cries foul and bares his heart. He says that he was never treated as a Pakistani as he belongs to Urdu-speaking Muhajir community. He indirectly blames the majority ethnic group of Pakistan Punjabis for trying to sideline him in the glory of atomic tests conducted on 18 May, 1998. He says that there was a campaign against him solely because he was not a son of soil (which means not Punjabi or a Sindhi).

Clip Taken from the program 'Kal Tak with Javed Chaudhry' aired on 28 May, 2013. Link to the video - www.youtube.com/watch

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Javed Chaudhry: Welcome again to the program. If you go back to 18 May, 1998, when Pakistan was conducting nuclear tests and trying to be a nuclear power, it looked as if there was a campaign against AQ Khan and there was an effort to prove that AQ Khan's role in this prideful program isn't much. Doctor, have you ever felt that there was a campaign against you and Who was behind it?

AQ Khan: See, if I talk openly it would seem harsh. I am a Muhajir. I was not an Athesian or Ravian or Jat or this one or that. People never accepted me as I am (Muhajir). The only reason they accepted me and loved me is because of what I did (in atomic tests). There is no one in Pakistan who doubts whether I did this (nuclear bomb) or not, whether foreigners or locals. Everybody knows that. Government knows that too. Had I not enriched (Uranium) and built the weapon no one would have been able to build this until Qayamat (End of the World). They would have been riding on bullock-carts. Kashmir would have gone. May be even Lahore. So, all these things (campaign) does not bother me. Only thing that bothers me is if I were a Son of the Soil, this would not have happened. I was not near to them. I am a straightforward man. I didn't reach this position through flattering. When I was in West, I was in good position and had a bright future. When the nation needed me I did this and I never displayed selfishness. I never thought that I would stay here (West) and do some help or send some (stolen) papers or
if they could do it they will or else they will go to hell. No. I have burned my boat and ...

Javed Chaudhry: Doctor, why were you being kept away from that moment, from that ceremony, from that time when Pakistan was basking in its glory on 18 May, 1998. There was an effort to remove AQ Khan from the picture.

AQ Khan: Because I was not related to them. I don't belong to the family. I don't speak the language (Punjabi). I speak the same Urdu since the times we migrated here. What else can be the reason? I gave my country what I could. Nobody else gave.

Blogpost Link: pakistanstudygroup.blogspot.com/2013/07/i-was-never-accepted-as-pakistani.html

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