Dr. Strangelove in London


The nuclear race between Pakistan and India sets alarm bells ringing again

The recent reported sighting in London of a famous – and infamous – Pakistani nuclear scientist, Abdul Qadeer Khan, is causing concern among international arms control experts. Khan is Pakistan’s ‘Dr. Strangelove’ one of the prime movers of his country’s massive program to develop atomic weapons and a leading nuclear pirate who has posed a personal threat to international peace by secretly exporting the technology to other states hostile to the West, including Libya, Iran and North Korea. To be fair, one of Khan’s daughters lives in London, so his visit may simply have been for personal family reasons. For its part, the British Home Office refuses to confirm or deny Khan’s presence, saying it never comments on the travel plans of individual foreign visitors.

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