According to the world's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic
Energy Agency, it's now just a matter of time before terrorists strike
with a nuclear weapon. Earlier this week, the agency's head, Mohamed ElBaradei,
announced that the danger of terrorists acquiring nuclear capability was
now imminent. If ElBaradei's horror scenario unfolds it may be thanks
to Pakistan. Earlier this year, it was revealed that Pakistan had been
leaking nuclear technology and expertise to some of the world's most unstable
and dangerous regimes for years. As Nick Lazaredes reveals, the West,
consumed as it was with Iraq, largely turned a blind eye to this trade
and is still showing remarkable patience in uncovering how much damage
When President Bush was making his case for invading Iraq there was one
overriding aim - to stop terrorists getting weapons of mass destruction
from Saddam Hussein.
GEORGE BUSH, AMERICAN PRESIDENT: The danger is clear. Using chemical,
biological or, one day, nuclear weapons obtained with the help of Iraq,
the terrorists could fulfil their stated ambitions and kill thousands
or hundreds of thousands of innocent people in our country or any other.
This danger - of states with weapons of mass destruction and terrorists
getting their hands on them - is a real one. But while Iraq was an unlikely
threat on both counts, the real threat was ignored. Pakistan already has
a nuclear bomb and, as we'll reveal, Saudi Arabia was largely responsible
for financing it.
LEONARD WEISS, NON-PROLIFERATION EXPERT: They needed assistance and they
got some of the assistance from the Saudis. Now the question is what was
the motivation of the Saudis in providing such assistance?
Tonight, we investigate the sinister connections behind Pakistan's nuclear
black market, the nuclear ambitions of Saudi Arabia and their links to
JOSEPH TRENTO, NATIONAL SECURITY NEWS SERVICE: Where you have Saudi interests
and Pakistani interests and al-Qa'ida interests converging, it's a very
By failing to act on clear evidence of nuclear proliferation in the Islamic
world, has the United States facilitated the real nightmare scenario?
LEONARD WEISS: We are now talking about nuclear weapons falling into the
hands of terrorists and it's very hard to imagine a greater nightmare
Pakistan's nuclear proliferation was finally revealed earlier this year.
It stands accused of establishing a virtual pan-Islamic nuclear supermarket,
with clients like Libya and Iran and an underground network that spread
from the Middle East to Malaysia and Europe.
But in a remarkable feat of blame-shifting, Pakistani President Pervez
Musharraf has managed to deflect any punishment for what is clearly a
shocking development in heightening nuclear tensions. Content with looking
the other way while Pakistan helps them in the war on terror, the United
States has rewarded Musharraf with even more money and military hardware.
Before the nuclear proliferation scandal stole the headlines, monuments
to Pakistan's atomic might were scattered throughout the capital, Islamabad.
Now only this one - a replica of the mountain where the country detonated
its first nuclear device - remains intact. It's all part of a drive by
President Musharraf to sweep the whole proliferation affair under the
But despite his best efforts to conceal the truth - efforts condoned by
the US government - intriguing new details about this dangerous black
market in nuclear technology are coming to the surface.
This is the man blamed for letting Pakistan's nuclear cat out of the bag.
In Pakistan, Abdul Qadeer Khan was not just any national hero. He was
an icon, a living treasure. True, without him, Pakistan would never have
been able to build the bomb. But is he the Dr Strangelove character that
the authorities suggest he is - a rogue scientist heading his own private
underground network trading in nuclear technology around the world?
Certainly, the Pakistani military want the world to believe that Dr Khan
MAJ. GEN. SHAUKAT SULTAN, PAKISTAN MILITARY SPOKESMAN: It's just unfortunate
that he - despite having done such a splendid and wonderful job for the
country - he indulged into something which has brought a bad name to the
country as well. And he has acknowledged that, that, yes, he indulged
into that activity and he has felt sorry for that publicly and based on
that, the President has pardoned him.
HASSAM UL-HAQ, SCIENTIST'S RELEASE COMMITTEE: We are not going to tolerate
the humiliation of our heroes - at any cost.
Hassam Ul-Haq and his nieces have felt the pain of the nuclear scandal
more than most. Hassam's brother, Major Islam Ul-Haq, was assigned to
Dr Khan by the military. But unlike Khan, who was pardoned, Major Ul-Haq
languishes in jail on unspecified charges along with four other colleagues.
HASSAM UL-HAQ: Everybody was unaware that where they were being kept,
nobody knew where they were being kept, and they are being kept in very
precarious conditions, in very inhuman conditions.
As Major Ul-Haq's four daughters grow increasingly desperate for news
about their father, Hassam has launched a campaign for his and the others'
release from prison. He believes the arrested men are simply scapegoats
for Pakistan's military chiefs.
HASSAM UL-HAQ: The responsibility should not have been taken by Qadeer
Khan. It should have been the generals because nothing can happen without
Amongst the evidence of military involvement in the Khan network - secret
photographs obtained of Pakistani C-130 aircraft parked on a North Korean
airstrip. US military intelligence sources believe that they were used
to transfer uranium enrichment technology to Pyongyang in return for missiles.
The military confirm they bought the missiles but say there was no technology
REPORTER: How is it possible that Dr Khan could fly in a C-130 aircraft,
utilise the services of a C-130 aircraft without military knowledge? Was
MAJ. GEN. SHAUKAT SULTAN: I think most of these are just fiction stories
made by the media. C-130 aircraft was used once, certainly, but that was
for getting the surface-to-air missiles from Korea, so that is it. I don't
think - these are unnecessary linkages being established by the media
that "OK, since C-130 went, so something else would have gone into
But few people have accepted the Pakistan military denials. On Capitol
Hill, a recent congressional panel blasted the White House for failing
to act on Pakistan's nuclear proliferation.
GARY ACKERMAN, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE: Isn't this why we went
to war in Iraq? But nary a word of condemnation has passed our collective
lips when it comes to Pakistan's nuclear proliferation activities.
But the Bush Administration continues to hold its line.
JOHN BOLTON, SECRETARY OF STATE-NON-PROLIFERATION: If we had information
about complicity of top levels of the government of Pakistan, we would
act on it. At this point, there's no such information.
To some seasoned observers, especially those with ties to intelligence
communities, America's handling of the Khan nuclear scandal is fraught
JOSEPH TRENTO: If a city disappears off the face of the earth instead
of just two towers collapsing, it may have its roots in these activities.
Joe Trento is an award-winning, Washington-based, investigative journalist
with high-level contacts within the French intelligence service. They
told him that the Americans were deliberately ignoring evidence of alarming
nuclear proliferation in the Islamic world.
JOSEPH TRENTO: It was certainly apparent to French intelligence. They
were convinced that the US was deliberately not acting on any of this
- and the British as well. Virtually everybody in Western intelligence
knew about what Khan was doing and how he was doing it. So the real question
became, "Why was he allowed to continue to do it?" In other
words, why was he allowed to spread the technology?
Trento's sources in French intelligence also suggest that there were other
foreign forces at work behind the scenes of the Khan network.
JOSEPH TRENTO: The idea that he operated this whole network by himself
is ludicrous on its face. Then what we're finding are ties back to some
Saudi companies and Saudi banking institutions and other things that are
very disturbing. The real question here is whether or not this is a much
bigger thing than we thought, and whether or not Pakistan just simply
was a stalking horse so Riyadh could have a nuclear weapon.
The first allegations that Saudi Arabia was seeking nuclear weapons appeared
in 1981. Since then, many observers believe that the Saudis have satisfied
their thirst for nuclear protection through their relationship with Pakistan.
SIMON HENDERSON, AUTHOR AND SAUDI EXPERT: The Pakistani-Saudi relationship
may be denied, but frankly it is very concrete and very real and goes
back a long way in history. This is what I consider a battle honour of
my writing on Pakistan over the years. It was given to me by Khan, because
he thought I was an honest and objective reporter for 'The Financial Times'.
Simon Henderson met Dr Khan when he was working in Pakistan as a correspondent.
He has also travelled to, and written extensively about, Saudi Arabia.
SIMON HENDERSON: I think now is when Saudi Arabia is looking to Pakistan
and saying, "We're interested in your nuclear arsenal to provide
some sort of nuclear umbrella for us as well." Saudis, of course,
are particularly fearful of what Iran might be doing on the nuclear front
and if you assume, as I do, that Iran isn't so far away from having a
nuclear weapon, then I'm sure the Saudis don't want to be too far behind.
While Saudi Arabia's nuclear agenda may have been common knowledge for
years, it seems that the United States has been reluctant to get involved.
Even when it's handed, what seems like hard evidence of the Saudis' ambitions.
MICHAEL WILDES, ATTORNEY: Shame on our intelligence services for playing
politics and "business as usual" when I had a defector sitting
in my office with information.
Everything else OK, Dave? Have you been able to discern anything with
the documents that you saw at all?
Manhattan immigration lawyer Michael Wildes has carved a niche in representing
high-value intelligence defectors to the United States. One of them, Mohammed
al-Khilewi, was a first secretary to the Saudi mission at the United Nations.
He was a specialist in nuclear non-proliferation. In the weeks before
his defection in May 1994, al-Khilewi began copying thousands of top-secret
intelligence dossiers to take with him.
MICHAEL WILDES: And he had access to the documents and literally spent
days going to Kinko's across the street and copying about 14,000 documents
and then came out and said, "I've had enough. I'm fed up. This is
not what we should be doing as brothers and as a nation and as a world".
And he got fed up on principle.
Armed with the documents, al-Khilewi attempted to set up a meeting with
the FBI. It was a dangerous time. According to Michael Wildes, the Saudis
were already looking for the defector.
MICHAEL WILDES: Well, my client had a hit team dispatched to kill him
and the FBI calls me one Friday afternoon to tell me that they're en route.
I said, "Well, what are you going to do about it? How are you going
to protect him? How are you going to protect me?"
"Well, we have an obligation to tell you that this information is
credible but we don't have the obligation to protect him."
The documents al-Khilewi had in his possession were simply staggering.
Information on assassination plots against Western ambassadors in the
US and covert Saudi intelligence operations on American soil. Also amongst
them, evidence of Saudi Arabia's efforts towards nuclear proliferation.
MICHAEL WILDES: Diplomats, according to Mr al-Khilewi, were trained, not
only in intelligence operations, but how to take bomb-making material
through border post and diplomatic pouches.
He showed me, actually, a diagram - which I can provide you if you like
- of an individual, how you can sneak in bomb-making material through
But incredibly, the FBI agents who debriefed the Saudi diplomat were instructed
not to accept any of the documents he was offering - presumably to avoid
any embarrassment to the US-Saudi relationship.
MICHAEL WILDES: Astoundingly, in a hotel around the corner from our office,
the FBI left the documents that we produced that night. After making a
telephone call, the agents were being given different directions from
their superiors in Washington. It was important to them that they come
to the meeting, but more important that they leave without the documents
and I was shocked.
Even the Saudi Ambassador to the US, Prince Bandar, wanted the affair
dealt with quickly and quietly.
MICHAEL WILDES: We were told repeatedly by the Saudi ambassador, "Let's
work this out as gentlemen. If your client wants to get a green card,
I can get it for him, no problem."
I couldn't get the FBI to take a piece of paper off the table and give
me a straight report without 12 people being consulted but the Saudi Ambassador
can get him an American green card. Go figure.
In 1994, London's 'Sunday Times' published details from al-Khilewi's documents,
showing how, during the 1980s, Saudi Arabia spent billions on Iraq's efforts
to build a nuclear bomb on the condition that the technology be transferred
to the kingdom if it was successful.
PRINCE TURKI AL-FAISAL, FORMER HEAD OF SAUDI INTELLIGENCE: There was never
any Saudi pursuit of nuclear weapons.
The author of many of al-Khilewi's documents, the former head of Saudi
intelligence, Prince Turki al-Faisal, rejects their existence. He says
al-Khilewi was fired for incompetence.
PRINCE TURKI AL-FAISAL: When he was fired, then he decided to defect,
claiming that he had all sorts of files and authoritative documents showing
that Saudi Arabia was actively pursuing a nuclear weapons policy. He never
showed those files. They were never published because they don't exist.
Dateline has since seen some of the documents copied by al-Khilewi which
had been translated, certified and stamped by the FBI. Although al-Khilewi
remains in hiding, Michael Wildes says the FBI still consult him for advice
in relation to Saudi terrorist links.
MICHAEL WILDES: The documents that my client provided were vetted through
not only by law enforcement but by several intelligence services, who
not only have taken counsel with my client after every attack upon our
interests internationally, but have also had FBI translators review the
documents for it to test its veracity and have done whatever measures
they needed to, to check it. Nothing has been challenged.
As Saudi Arabia's spymaster for over 20 years, Prince Turki al-Faisal
probably knows much more than he's prepared to talk about on the record.
He resigned as head of Saudi intelligence just days after the September
11 attacks. He's also named in a lawsuit brought by victims of the 9/11
attack over his alleged past links to Osama bin Laden. He's now the Saudi
Arabian Ambassador to Great Britain. He insists the Saudi kingdom has
never pursued a nuclear agenda.
REPORTER: Saudi Arabian money has been actually used for the development
of the Pakistan?
PRINCE TURKI AL-FAISAL: Of course not. That is absolutely not true. It
stands to contradict what I was just telling you. We would not give any
money to anybody developing nuclear weapons.
MICHAEL WILDES: I don't find that to be a credible position at all. They've
had it, they've bought it, they've fought for it, they've tried to sell
it to other nations and have created all kinds of strategic relationships
with other nations in that corridor including Pakistan, Iran and Iraq.
The Saudis opened their first nuclear research centre in an isolated stretch
of desert in 1975. But the move which first attracted attention in the
West was their purchase of CSS-2 missiles from China with a target range
of nearly 3,000km and specifically designed for a nuclear payload. All
they needed now was a bomb.
LEONARD WEISS: The Saudis helped to bankroll the Pakistani program and
so there has to be a quid pro quo in there somewhere.
Non-proliferation expert Leonard Weiss has followed Pakistan and Saudi
Arabia's relationship closely for many years. He says the Saudis helped
pay for Pakistani nuclear weapons so that they would come under the protection
of their nuclear umbrella.
LEONARD WEISS: There has been some speculation in the past about the possibility
of Pakistan stationing weapons in Saudi Arabia or possibly using weapons
in protection of the Saudi royal family.
Weiss was one of the authors of America's 1978 non-proliferation act under
the guardianship of Senator John Glenn. He says, even back then, anti-proliferation
efforts were often stymied. Now Weiss believes that America's failure
to deal with it properly may have a terrible price.
LEONARD WEISS: You should never lose sight of what the consequences are
of making non-proliferation a lower objective in your foreign policy.
And especially when we look at what the world situation is like today,
where terrorism is playing such a high role, one can see that the failure
to have dealt with non-proliferation problems in the past is now coming
back to haunt us and particularly with respect to Pakistan.
As the main gateway to Afghanistan, the Pakistani city of Peshawar is
an obvious place to look for the leakage of nuclear material to terrorists.
During the '80s, it was a haven for Islamic Jihadis and fundamentalist
zealots as well as a field headquarters for the CIA. When the CIA left,
the Taliban and their supporters swelled the city's transient population
and the first whisperings of the al-Qa'ida organisation were heard.
RAHIMULLAH YUSUF ZAI, BBC CORRESPONDENT: We heard the story that al-Qa'ida
has been interested in acquiring some kind of, say, nuclear or biochemical
technology and there have been these small bits of information about meetings,
say, between the Pakistani nuclear scientists and Mr Bin Laden.
It was in the late '90s that the first rumours of Pakistani scientists
meeting with al-Qa'ida operatives in Afghanistan were reported. But few
journalists were able to establish Osama bin Laden's true motives. One
who got close was the respected BBC correspondent Rahimullah Yusuf Zai.
RAHIMULLAH YUSUF ZAI: When I met Mr Osama bin Laden in 1998, I met him
twice. In May in Khost in his camp which was then attacked by the US and
then I met him in December 1998 near Kandahar. And on both occasions I
remember him telling me that, "Look, according to the holy Koran
and the sayings of the holy prophet, the Muslims must upgrade their defences,
they must be ready to meet any challenge by their enemies".
Bin Laden had experience in meeting any challenge by his enemies. When
the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, Bin Laden received hundreds of millions
of dollars in arms and equipment from both America and Saudi Arabia to
fight them. The irony of this is lost on few people today. But in the
same way that that relationship helped spawn the world's most-wanted terrorist,
US support for the Afghan Mujaheddin indirectly boosted Pakistan's bomb
JOSEPH TRENTO: Does that mean it's clear now that some of the same accounts
that were used to fund the Muj also funded the nuclear weapons program
in Pakistan? Now, we made a deal with the devil. The devil was Pakistan
- they wanted to develop the weapons, we wanted to beat the Soviets. In
order to do that we made a trade-off. "Look the other way, otherwise
it's not going to happen."
The evidence for a US policy of looking the other way is there from the
very beginning. In late 1979, Jimmy Carter's administration was still
reeling from the hostage crisis in Iran. When the Soviet Union invaded
Afghanistan, the whole region was in turmoil. The day after the Soviets
invaded, Carter's National Security Advisor - Zbigniew Brzezinski - penned
this memorandum to the president.
Under the heading, "What is to be done?" Brzezinski said it
was essential to get Pakistan's support for the Mujaheddin.
BRZEZINSKI DOCUMENT QUOTE: "This will require a review of our policy
toward Pakistan, more guarantees to it, more arms aid, and, alas, a decision
that our security policy toward Pakistan cannot be dictated by our non-proliferation
It appears the new policy was accepted. Billions of dollars flowed into
the Afghan resistance and there was no real effort to close down Pakistan's
LEONARD WEISS: We needed the Pakistanis in order to be able to deliver
arms and other assistance and - but the Pakistanis understood that if
that was what the US really wanted, that they could proceed with the development
of the bomb and that we would turn a blind eye toward that process, which
The ISI - Pakistan's intelligence agency - was the favoured conduit and
literally hundreds of suitcases stuffed with cash were given to them by
both the CIA and Saudi intelligence.
CIA sources suspect that up to half the funding for the Afghan resistance
ended up being diverted to help make Pakistan's nuclear bomb. But with
so much cash flying about, the money trails were impossible to trace.
JOSEPH TRENTO: If you give somebody $10 million in cash and say, "Go
do this," well, he may do it but there may be $3 million or $4 million
that disappears in the process. The CIA had no way, nor did Congress,
of double-checking any of this.
RETIRED GENERAL HAMID GUL: We were working together. Saudi Arabia was
funding one half of the entire budget during the Afghan jihad days. One
half came from America and one half from Saudi Arabia.
REPORTER: Did they also help out on the nuclear funding?
GENERAL HAMID GUL: Not to my knowledge. I have no... As far as the nuclear
field is concerned, I said it was not my business, so I don't have any
Retired general Hamid Gul was head of the ISI at the time the rivers of
cash were flowing in. Although he admits that there were American suspicions
about diverted money to the nuclear program, no evidence was found.
GENERAL HAMID GUL: And at that time they made our government look into
the accounts and everything possible was done. But they did not find -
not a single bullet, not a single dollar was misappropriated. I'm very
proud to say that.
But outside of the ISI money trail, there was another method of financing
Pakistan's nuclear program. The BCCI, the Bank of Credit and Commerce
International, was the first global bank for the Islamic world. Founded
by a Pakistani and funded by Arab Gulf states, it was used by criminals,
governments and intelligence agencies to fund activities they wanted to
But the bank's illegal activities began attracting attention, and when
BCCI collapsed in 1991, its books were thrown open.
JONATHAN WINER, FORMER US SENATE INVESTIGATOR: The paperwork was filled
with fraud, riddled with fraud - completely, totally unreliable, untrustworthy
and often totally untrue.
Jonathan Winer was part of a US congressional inquiry, led by Senator
John Kerry, which began probing BCCI's criminal activities in the early
'90s. It became clear that the BCCI trail led directly to Pakistan's nuclear
JONATHAN WINER: What we knew at the time was that BCCI officials believed
that BCCI had been used for Pakistan's nuclear program to handle the funds.
We knew that BCCI officials believed that the bank had been used by British
intelligence, by US intelligence. We documented its use by certain terrorists.
It was here, through the BCCI's former London headquarters, that much
of the external financing for Pakistan's nuclear program was channelled.
Although we can't reveal his identity, Dateline has spoken to a former
executive manager of the bank who's confirmed the links between BCCI and
Pakistan's nuclear quest.
According to the source, the bank was not only used to process payments
for nuclear spare parts from Europe, but also secretly contributed hundreds
of millions of dollars to help Pakistan develop the atomic bomb.
According to the source, who would not appear on camera, two years before
the bank's collapse, key executives querying a $400 million loss on a
cotton project in Egypt were told that the loss didn't exist and were
informed that one of the bank's Arab owners had directly contributed the
$400 million to Pakistan's nuclear development.
What is disturbing about BCCI is that the links between the Saudi and
Pakistan governments and terrorist networks were never investigated and
Jonathan Winer believes they continued well into the '90s.
JONATHAN WINER: What's interesting is what happened to the BCCI people
afterwards and did any of them continue to engage in the kind of activities
they engaged in for BCCI after the bank collapsed? Some of the underlying
cast of characters in Saudi Arabia, in Pakistan, continue to turn up after
the bank goes under.
Despite the evidence of extensive Saudi involvement in BCCI, former spymaster
Prince Turki al-Faisal denies the links.
PRINCE TURKI AL-FAISAL: It never had an office in Saudi Arabia and when
I was at the intelligence service there, we never used BCCI for any activity,
covert or otherwise.
Prince Turki's denials may be disingenuous. His uncle, Kamal Adham, was
a BCCI shareholder and John Kerry's Senate investigation uncovered loans
worth millions from a BCCI controlled company directly to Prince Turki.
But he refused to be drawn on the issue.
REPORTER: You do, however, know something about BBCI from the past, though,
I'd imagine, from your time in intelligence?
PRINCE TURKI AL-FAISAL: Seems to be ancient history by now.
Almost a decade after BCCI collapsed, some of the family names linked
to it turn up in the now well-established Khan nuclear network. The London
agent for the network was an accountant called Abu Siddiqui.
In May 1999, he was arrested by British customs for exporting banned technology
for the nuclear network. It was the first crack that could have exposed
the details and the money trail of the underground nuclear trade.
MIKE PILGRIM, US COUNTER INTELLIGENCE EXPERT: There is a clear trail through
bank receipts that it was being funded, to some extent, by Saudi money.
Mike Pilgrim has spent three decades working for US intelligence. He has
inside knowledge that US intelligence agencies were monitoring Saudi involvement
in the Khan proliferation network in the late '90s. It was in Malaysia,
where Pilgrim was a security adviser for Kuala Lumpur's new airport, that
he learnt that Malaysian intelligence was also well aware of the black
market nuclear trade on their soil.
MIKE PILGRIM: The Malaysians weren't really interested, even though they
knew, obviously, of the Saudi influence, and they had a pretty good idea
- especially through Khan and his relationship with Pakistani ISI intelligence
- they had a real good inkling of who the players were.
Among the central players in Malaysia was this man - BS Tahir - a Sri
Lankan business partner of Khan and the Siddiquis. He married into the
highest circles of government and set up a factory producing centrifuges
for enriching uranium for Dr Khan and his clients.
The Malaysians would eventually close the factory under pressure from
But at that time, the Malaysians seemed unconcerned that their country
was being used as a base to support what was becoming an Islamic bomb.
MIKE PILGRIM: They would not have been averse to seeing Muslim countries
hold nuclear capability. The Malaysian attitude was basically "business
is business", they will take care of their own internal security
if it doesn't affect their own internal security, business is business.
Tahir had very high-level connections. He even had the son of the Malaysian
PM on one of his company boards. But it was his Saudi connections that
were of interest to the Malaysians. They were worried that some of his
funding may have come from radical or extremist sources.
When September 11 firmly planted Islamic fundamentalism on the world's
agenda, many expected the United States to act decisively on the growing
Islamic nuclear network. US intelligence had been monitoring Pakistan's
nuclear proliferation for years. They knew about the Saudi involvement
and the connections from Tahir in Malaysia, through to Siddiqui in Britain.
But, incredibly, virtually nothing happened. In London, just weeks after
the terrorist attacks, although Abu Siddiqui had been convicted of transferring
banned nuclear technology, he was given a suspended sentence. To Mike
Pilgrim it was more like a slap on the wrist than the expected crackdown.
MIKE PILGRIM: The slap on the wrist for the technology transfer seemed
to be a lot more about not angering and really to low-ball the Pakistani
involvement in this entire process and the fact of Pakistani proliferation,
because of the need for allies in that part of the world.
When news of Dr Khan's Islamic nuclear network became public earlier this
year, Pakistan had already become America's key ally in the war on terror.
President Bush accepted the Pakistani Government line it was all Dr Khan's
fault and the network had been closed down. According to Leonard Weiss,
this is dangerously short-sighted.
LEONARD WEISS: I think we are now in a very dangerous situation because
the network is still out there, the materials and the equipment is out
there and it is only a matter of time it seems to me before some terrorist
group gets hold of some of this.
To allow Pakistan and Saudi Arabia access to nuclear material seems particularly
foolhardy. Despite both governments' friendly relations with the United
States, their deeply Muslim populations see America as waging war on Islam.
Fundamentalist political parties in Pakistan have a mindset that is ominously
close to that of Osama bin Laden.
PROFESSOR PERVEZ HOODBHOY, NUCLEAR PHYSICIST: The religious parties in
Pakistan, they call it with great pride, an "Islamic bomb".
They say this is a bomb that should be used for the defence of the entire
Muslim ummah, for the collective defence of Islam everywhere.
Professor Pervez Hoodbhoy is a Pakistani nuclear physicist who has spoken
out against his country's proliferation abroad. He believes the situation
in Pakistan is dangerously unstable.
PROFESSOR PERVEZ HOODBHOY: There is a lot of hatred for the United States,
especially after what it has done in Iraq and what it is continuing to
do in Israel. I fear that if Musharraf is assassinated, that there could
be a dangerous situation in the country and that the nuclear weapons then
would possibly be hijacked.
By turning a blind eye to Pakistan's bomb and the efforts to set up a
worldwide Islamic nuclear network, has America seriously misread the real
Could short-term strategic expediency have blinded them to what could
turn out to be the ultimate case of blow-back?
MICHAEL WILDES: The American Government supported bin Laden only to find
him to be the greatest risk to our national security years later. The
government supported the likes of Pakistan now. Are we going to be at
war two months, five years from now with Pakistan?
The glue that holds the Pakistan-US alliance together is President Musharraf
himself. And he has already narrowly escaped two assassination attempts.
Senior figures in Pakistan think it's time to re-evaluate the relationship
GENERAL HAMID GUL: So what is it that Pakistan has not done? And yet they
are not satisfied with us. It only shows that it is very dangerous to
be friends of America. Sometimes it's good to be their enemy.
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