Jihadi Group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Pays Tribute To Pakistan's Rogue Nuclear Scientist Dr. AQ Khan, Accuses Pakistani Military Of Torturing Him On Behalf Of 'Unbelievers'

October 15, 2021

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The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) released a statement expressing grief over the death of Pakistan's rogue nuclear scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan and concern that the controversial father of Pakistan's nuclear program might have been assassinated.[1] Dr. AQ Khan, who went on Pakistan's national television to apologize for his role in international nuclear proliferation and was pardoned by Pakistani military ruler General Pervez Musharraf, died on October 10, 2021.

In a condolence message published on October 10, the TTP said: "The Pakistani nation knows that the cruel and unbelievers' slave military establishment of Pakistan subjected the deceased to severe troubles and torture. He was jailed during the rule of cruel dictator Pervez Musharraf and it continued till today. Its main reason was his religious pride and support, which the cruel Pakistani establishment could not bear and for which it kept him under constant torture."

The TTP, which deems Pakistani military to be an apostate institution, added: "Today, on his demise, the Pakistani nation and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan are deeply concerned that his death may not be natural and that the slave military [intelligence] agencies may have deliberately wasted this national asset. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan demands impartial and independent investigations [into his death]."

The TTP extended "heartfelt condolences" to the family and loved ones of the deceased and wished them patience.  In 2004, Dr. AQ Khan was arrested for sharing nuclear technology with Iran, Libya, and North Korea. Though the then military ruler Pervez Musharraf pardoned him later, Dr .Khan was put under house arrest.  He contracted COVID-19, was hospitalized a few weeks ago, and died at the age of 85.


[1] Umarmedia.co, October 10, 2021.

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