Pakistani Proliferation

PAKISTANI PROLIFERATION….As the New York Times and Washington Post report, it now seems clear ? if there was really any doubt ? that Pakistan has provided nuclear technology to North Korea, Iran, and Libya. (Although apparently not to Iraq. Go figure.) Supposedly this technology was provided by Abdul Qadeer Khan, the “father of Pakistan’s bomb,” and was strictly a private deal, but that really doesn’t pass the laugh test. This kind of stuff obviously doesn’t happen without government knowledge, despite official denials like this one:

A senior Pakistani official said in an interview that “any individual who is found associated with anything suspicious would be under investigation,” and promised a sweeping inquiry.

Sweeping. You bet.

The Pakistanis, of course, swear that they’ve given up on the proliferation business, and perhaps they have. But surely their newly cooperative nature would be a lot more credible if they actually acknowledged their past activities and told us where all that equipment had been shipped to in the 80s and 90s?

Washington Monthly - Donate today and your gift will be doubled!

Support Nonprofit Journalism

If you enjoyed this article, consider making a donation to help us produce more like it. The Washington Monthly was founded in 1969 to tell the stories of how government really works—and how to make it work better. Fifty years later, the need for incisive analysis and new, progressive policy ideas is clearer than ever. As a nonprofit, we rely on support from readers like you.

Yes, I’ll make a donation