Friday, March 19, 2004


A plot to overthrow the Pakistani government is apparently in the works. The coup would replace current president Pervez Musharraf with AQ Khan, the "father" of the Pakistani atomic bomb and nuclear proliferator:

A plot is being organized to replace Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf with the nuclear engineer who sold the country's secrets to America's self-avowed enemies, according to one of the political and religious leaders involved.

Details of the plan were discussed at a meeting in late February in Akora Khattak, near Peshawar, following the death of the wife of Sen. Sami ul-Haq, vice president of a coalition of six religious parties known as the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), said a politician who attended the meeting.

The source said the mastermind of the plot to install Abdul Qadeer Khan as president is his close friend, Gen. Hamid Gul, a former head of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency who is the "strategic adviser" to the MMA.

Gen. Gul, according to the participant, told others at the Akora Khattak meeting that he was assembling "a strong team of faithful Muslims to take control of the country to serve the nation and the Muslim world with true Islamic spirit."

Gen. Gul then added, according to the source, "A.Q. [Khan] is our natural leader."

Mr. Khan, a religious fundamentalist with a penchant for the good life, is the most popular man in Pakistan because of his role as the father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb, which gave the nation a counterweight to India's nuclear capability.

He publicly confessed last month to selling nuclear secrets to North Korea, Libya and Iran after U.S. and British intelligence services confronted Gen. Musharraf with evidence of the operation. But he was given a full pardon and allowed to keep assets including lavish homes in Pakistan and Dubai.


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