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Foreign press denounce Pakistan scandal
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Indian newspapers were quick to comment on the implications of the admission by Pakistan's Abdul Qadeer Khan that he had passed on nuclear secrets abroad.

But the press in the countries listed by Mr Khan as receiving help - Iran, North Korea and Libya - have yet to comment on the issue.

Early reaction elsewhere was mixed.

Backed by the United States, Pakistan's military leader Pervez Musharraf has evidently arrived at a deal with renegade nuclear scientist A. Q. Khan to bury the nuclear proliferation issue that has traumatised Pakistan and scandalised the world.

The Times of India

If there is a serious international probe, much dirt is likely to come out. The role of the original nuclear weapons powers will also be under scrutiny, as well as Washington's current espousal of President Musharraf... Given the military establishment's symbiotic relationship with jihad over many years, the fundamentalists, too, may be able to acquire a 'dirty' bomb. That will give a nasty twist to the global war on terrorism.

India's The Hindustan Times

Musharraf is turning the entire incident to his advantage and projecting his own importance before the West. This will enable him to receive huge financial aid and his position will also remain secure... It is high time for the United States to give up its double policy on nuclear non-proliferation, face the truth, and put Musharraf in the dock. The Pakistani government cannot succeed in hiding its own sins by victimising only Qadeer Khan.

India's Hindustan

Khan's disclosure has created trouble for Musharraf and the United States. Now that Musharraf's name has come up in nuclear proliferation, one can imagine Bush's troubles. In view of Pakistan's utility, the United States cannot think of taking action against Pakistan but it will definitely temper its leaning towards Pakistan.

India's Rashtriya Sahara

Pakistan's provision of nuclear technology to North Korea is a major hostile act that threatens the Republic of Korea's security and the Korean nation's survival. The government ought to denounce Pakistan strongly.

South Korea's Choson Ilbo web site

Is it possible that the indictment against Abdul Qadeer is only a certain party's attempt to put pressure on Pakistan, the only Islamic country with a nuclear capability in Asia competing with India, its traditional enemy since separation in 1947?

Malaysia's Berita Harian

For more than two years the Bush administration has embraced Mr Musharraf as a strategic ally and overlooked his suppression of Pakistani democracy and his coddling of Islamic extremists. Now the administration must confront the reality that Pakistan's military leadership has done more to threaten U.S. and global security with weapons of mass destruction than either al-Qaeda or Saddam Hussein... If it is to remain a friend of the United States and receive the billions in aid promised by the Bush administration, Pakistan should be required to commit itself formally to stop proliferating - and the United States or the United Nations should have the means to verify its compliance.

USA's Washington Post

Israel's security establishment is closely following developments in Pakistan. A senior security source said "this affair strengthens the danger that Iran will become a nuclear power".

Israel's Yediot Aharonot

It's perfectly obvious that these rules should imply legal responsibility of national governments for breaching the ban on proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Only the United Nations is capable of creating an effective mechanism preventing the spread of banned technologies.

Russian Defence Ministry official quoted by Russian agency ITAR-TASS

So now we know. The father of Pakistan's H-Bomb, Abdul Qadeer Khan, may be a national hero, but he's also a greedy fellow who for 15 years has been running a sleazy weapons bazaar on the side. That's the picture President Gen Pervez Musharraf wants to draw, at any rate, now that Khan stands accused of selling nuclear technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea. The truth is likely to be darker, and may well implicate Pakistan's senior political and military echelons in proliferation-for-profit.

Canada's Toronto Star

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