Pakistan’s president said he had pardoned the founder of the country’s nuclear programme, who has confessed to leaking nuclear secrets abroad.
“I give him pardon,” President Pervez Musharraf told a news conference on Thursday, a day after Abdul Qadeer Khan’s dramatic televised confession.
Khan admitted leaking secrets and begged for forgiveness following a lengthy investigation into the alleged transfer of nuclear techology to Iran, Libya and North Korea.
Musharraf called the scientist a “national hero” for bringing the bomb to Pakistan, but said he had made “mistakes”.
Responding to a question, he said Pakistan will not share documents with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which passed on the information that launched the investigation.
He also said that Pakistan will not allow the United Nations to inspect its nuclear facilities.