Father of Pakistan’s nuclear programme, Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, has said that his country had the ability to “target” the Indian capital Delhi in five minutes.
Addressing a gathering in Islamabad on the 18th anniversary of Pakistan’s first nuclear tests, Khan said that his country could have become a nuclear power as early as 1984 but the then President General Zia-ul-Haq “opposed the move.”
Khan, who was disgraced in 2004 for selling nuclear technology allegedly to North Korea and Iran, said, “We were able and we had a plan to launch nuclear test in 1984. But President General Zia-ul-Haq had opposed the move.”
Khan’s family members had featured in the Panama Papers leak earlier this month. An offshore company, Wahdat Ltd, registered in the Bahamas was reported to be under the ownership of Khan’s brother Abdul Quyuim Khan, wife Hendrina, daughters Dina and Ayesha Khan.