Pakistani nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan’s family named in Panama Papers

Names of 4 Family members of Pakistani Nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan revealed in Panama Papers. Khan is believed to have sold nuclear secrets to North Korea and Iran.

A list released by Pakistani news channel Geo TV linked Khan’s brother Abdul Quiyum Khan, daughters Ayesha Khan, Dina Khan and Dutch wife Hendrina Khan to a Bahamas based company Wahdat Limited. The company was incorporated in 1998 and defaulted just after two years in January 2000. According to U.S intelligence officials Khan is said to have held dealings with Iran, Libya, and North Korea. Khan’s smuggling network was exposed in 2003, and he confessed to selling nuclear secrets on Pakistani television in February 2004. In 2005 The Times revealed that Tehran had privately confirmed to IAEA investigators that it held at least 13 meetings with Khan’s representatives from 1994 to 1999, around the same time Wahdat Limited was incorporated in the Bahamas.  Dr Khan allegedly used the money from the deals to buy houses around Pakistan, as well as London and a hotel in Timbuktu, Africa.

In 2008 German newspaper SPIEGEL wrote “He permitted his wife, who was apparently familiar with the details of his nuclear secrets, to publicize Khan’s version of the story through SPIEGEL, in the form of a dossier she handed over to the magazine.”

In the dossier she accused former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf of lying about her husband’s role in the nuclear program and said her husband was pressured to make a false confession.