So the founder of Pakistan’s nuclear program, A. Q. Khan, was just fired from his post as a high-ranking adviser and placed under house arrest amidst increasing evidence that he was personally involved in the sale of nuclear technology to a number of fairly dubious states, such as Iran and Libya. (“Increasing evidence” such as “his sales brochure with his picture on the cover”)
As a side note, Khan is revered as a hero in Pakistan for being the person to give his country the bomb (mostly by stealing the techniques from Germany, but that’s neither here nor there), and this is part of Pres. Musharraf’s attempt to bring various radical elements under control, including another directive issued a few days ago to get his generals to use more aggressive means to bring terrorist elements in the Pashtun hinterlands near the Afghan border under control.
I would not sell Musharraf any life insurance right about now.
The more interesting question is, how will things unfold if/when he’s gone?