The father of Pakistan’s nuclear programme Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan said that Pakistan has the ability to target Indian capital Delhi from Kahuta near Rawalpindi in five minutes.
DR Abdul Qadeer Khan has claimed that Pakistan had the ability and had planned to conduct a nuclear test in 1984 but the then President General Zia Haq “opposed the move”.
He was addressing a gathering on the anniversary of first nuclear tests, which were carried out under his supervision in 1998.
“We were able and we had a plan to launch nuclear test in 1984. But President General Zia ul Haq had opposed the move,” said Khan.
He said General Zia, who ruled Pakistan from 1979 to 1988, opposed the nuclear testing as he believed that the world take military action against the country.
“Without my services Pakistan would never have been the first Muslim nuclear nation. We were able to achieve the capability under very tough circumstances, but we did it,” said Khan while addressing a gathering on the occasion of Youm-i-Takbeer on Saturday (the day Pakistan became a nuclear power state). Pakistan conducted nuclear test on May 28, 1998.”
Khan was disgraced in 2004 when he was forced to accept responsibility for proliferation and live a life of semi-house arrest.
“We are facing the worst against our services to the country’s nuclear program,” he said referring to the humiliation he suffered.