Pakistani court sets free nuclear scientist

A Pakistani court declared on Friday nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan a free man, his lawyer said.

Pakistani court sets free nuclear scientist
Khan, hailed by many Pakistanis as the father of the country's atomic bomb, was pardoned but placed under house arrest in 2004 by the then president, Pervez Musharraf, soon after he made a "televised confession" to selling nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya.

"The high court has declared him a free citizen," one of Khan's lawyers, Iqbal Jaffry, told a television station, after a decision by the court on a challenge to restrictions on Khan.

"He will have all rights available to people under the constitution and the Quran," he said.

Khan's house arrest had been relaxed over the past year and he had been allowed to meet friends. He gave a series of interviews to media after a new government came to power last March.

The 72-year-old scientist has been treated for prostate cancer.

A court upheld his detention last July and barred him from talking to the media about nuclear proliferation while he was under house arrest.

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