An interview with AQ Khan – the father of the Pakistani bomb – appeared in The Guardian over the weekend. This was Khan’s first interview with the foreign media for a few years, and he was in belligerent form.
The entire Khan affair seems to capture the ambiguous relationship between Pakistan and the US. There is no doubt that Khan is a national hero in Pakistan. One of the spookier aspects of visiting the country are the stone monuments to the country’s nuclear virility – complete with the nuclear symbol – that greet you on the outskirts of the major cities. Read more