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Debriefing Of Nuclear Scientists

26 January, 2004

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The government, under the US and IAEA advise, has started the debriefing process of some eminent nuclear scientists of the country for allegedly being involved in selling nuclear secrets. The manner in which the debriefing process of national heroes is being carried out by the intelligence agencies has raised concerns amongst the general public.

The government functionaries are repeatedly saying that the debriefing sessions are part of a normal process held in nuclear states around the world and should not be made an issue. However the families of the scientists detained believe otherwise and think that their fathers and husbands, who have rendered services for their country and were awarded by the government itself, are now being humiliated and are being portrayed as common thieves.

Do you think the debriefing sessions should be confined to nuclear scientists or should be extended to Prime Minister, President and the Army Chief in power during the alleged period of transfer of nuclear technology?

Do you think that the succumbing of the government to the US and IAEA pressure means that Pakistan has given a nod to denuclearization?

Are the intelligence agencies of Pakistan so incompetent that they themselves could not detect the alleged nuclear proliferation during the said period or chose to remain ignorant of the security lapse?

Are Pakistani scientists being debriefed in a manner similar to scientists of other nuclear states throughout the world, as claimed by the Pakistani foreign office spokesman?

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