February 2: The
United States says Pakistan has yet to fully unravel an illegal nuclear
proliferation network that was headed by Abdul Qadeer Khan, the founder of
Pakistan's nuclear weapons program.
February 7: TIME
magazine reports that Paksitani Scientist and the father of its nuclear
program A. Q. Khan, might have sold nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia and
Egypt, or to al-Qaida and other non-state groups. The Time article quotes
numerous unnamed sources from the United States and Libya, as well as a
source described as an acquaintance of A.Q. Khan. The report also refers to
Pakistan's refusal to allow U.S. investigators to question Mr. Khan
Washington Post reports that international investigators have produced
evidence about an alleged secret meeting between Iranian officials and
associates of Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, founder of Pakistan`s nuclear program.
The report claims that in the meeting held in Dubai in 1987, a written offer
was made to help Iran`s nuclear program.
February 28: IAEA
chief Mohamed El Baradei says Iran has admitted it received an offer from
the A. Q. Khan network, including full knowledge of nuclear enrichment
March 10: Pakistan
acknowledges that the founder of its nuclear program A. Q. Khan illegally
gave centrifuges to Iran that can be used to process uranium for nuclear
March 19: Pakistan
successfully test-fired an indigenously developed long-range,
nuclear-capable ballistic missile Shaheen II. The missile could travel up to
2,000 km (1,200 miles) and carry all kinds of warheads.
Pakistan successfully test fired a short-range, nuclear-capable missile Hatf
II. The launch of the homegrown Hatf II, or Abdali missile, which can hit
targets as far as 180 kilometers (111 miles) away, came less than two weeks
after Pakistan tested its longest-range missile.