Pakistan chose to free A. Q Khan, its most prolific nuclear proliferator, just as Richard Holbrooke, the new US envoy to the region is due to visit. Khan, now 73, has publicly confessed to selling nuclear technology to North Korea Iran and Libya. Yet, in Pakistan itself, he is revered as a national hero for giving his country the nuclear bomb.
The decision to free him appears to be political. Pakistan continues to deny US investigators access to Khan, and according proliferation expert, Matthew Bunn, at the Harvard Kennedy School, — whom I’ve recently interviewed it also refuses to cooperate on the security of its nuclear sites — all this in a country that is now the headquarters of Al Qaeda.