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Dr AQ Khan Disappointed By Snail-Paced Hearing In His Case

LAHORE: Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, the pioneer of Pakistan’s nuclear programme, has shown disappointment over the snail-paced judicial process in connection with his writ petition in which he requested this his right to free movement be restored.

Dr Khan’s lawyers, namely Muhammad Mudassar Chaudhary and Ghulam Mujtaba Chaudhary, on Wednesday filed a writ petition in the Lahore High Court (LHC) seeking an early hearing on the main writ petition filed in this connection.

The lawyers pointed out that “the titled writ petition is pending in LHC and the same was fixed for July 11, 2019, but due to non-availability of the bench the same was rescheduled. Till date the same was not fixed for further proceedings”.

The petition read, “The titled petition is habeas corpus in nature and life of the petition was curtailed by the respondents without lawful justification and reason. Therefore, the tilted petition may kindly be fixed for some early date to hear the arguments of either party”.

Earlier, Dr Khan had demanded the LHC chief justice to take strict action against those officials allegedly involved in submitting forged statements in his case and betraying the court.

In his open letter, Dr Khan had raised several questions in response to the claim of security officials who have confined him to his house.

He said he wanted to spend his life like a common man where he can talk to people and move freely, rather than remaining confined to a house due to ‘security threats’.

Dr Khan had written to LHC Chief Justice Sardar Shamim Ahmed Khan a few weeks back maintaining that under American pressure, former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf had pressurised him to read his (Muharraf’s) prepared scripts on television.

He also revealed that former prime minister Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain and renowned lawyer SM Zafar had witnessed the entire episode where he was being pressurised by the Musharraf regime.

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