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Not All of Pakistan's Nuclear Scientists Were Rogues

From the February 11, 2004, Christian Science Monitor: Mansoor Ijaz remembers his father.

11:00 PM, Feb 12, 2004 • By MANSOOR IJAZ
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Whitewashing Pakistan's official complicity in such activities, as the Bush administration seems to be doing, will only result in rogue proliferators sprouting up everywhere. But if making Khan the scapegoat protects Pakistan's military and intelligence institutions so they can earnestly--albeit secretly--debrief international investigators about which other countries and terrorist groups, including al Qaeda, have received Pakistani nuclear materials and technologies, so be it. Dismantling the threat is more important than assigning blame if we are to prevent a dirty bomb from going off in Los Angeles or New York.
To ensure such transgressions are not repeated, however, the Bush administration should tell Congress it is making all U.S. taxpayer aid to Pakistan contingent immediately on Pakistan's acceptance of verifiable nuclear safeguards.

IF, AS THE WEEKEND'S NEWS REPORTS SUGGESTED, a secret U.S. antiproliferation team is already in the process of taking control of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal by installing safekeeping vaults, tamper-proof coded entry systems, sensors, alarms, closed-circuit cameras, and other technologies that give President Musharraf the ability to internally monitor and track nuclear materials and prevent their unauthorized use, then a key first step has been taken. But much more needs to be done.
Pakistan has a right to maintain its nuclear deterrent. It does not have the right to hide from the world how many nuclear monsters it created in our midst, a fact that the real heroes of Pakistan's nuclear program --like my father--understood all too well.

Mansoor Ijaz, an American-born Muslim of Pakistani descent, is chairman of Crescent Investment Management in New York. He serves as Foreign Affairs and Terrorism Analyst for the Fox News Channel. This article first appeared in the February 11, 2004, issue of the Christian Science Monitor.