N-scientists debriefing illegal: Farooq
Daily Times Monitor
LAHORE: Renowned lawyer Dr Farooq Hasan said on Friday the debriefing of nuclear scientists was illegal as the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT) laws applied only to countries and not individuals.
Talking to a news channel, Mr Hasan said, “The NPT laws only apply to signatories and a violation is not a criminal offence. Pakistan is not a signatory to the NPT, but is also accused by its opponents of openly violating the NPT laws to make a nuclear bomb. But Pakistan cannot be questioned on this issue,” Dr Hasan said.
He said it was a political and not a legal matter. “Neither international nor Pakistani laws permit the government to question the scientists. The government’s attitude to the issue is strange,” he said.