In a development that provides clues, as to how Pakistan has been progressing with its atomic systems and installations, a US based businessman has pleaded guilty to exporting controlled goods to Pakistan’s atomic and space agencies. Sources said that the businessman may not be the only one involved in such illegal activities to support Pakistan’s nuclear research program. The man who has pleaded guilty is 43 year old US based businessman named Imran Khan.
Investigations have revealed that Khan never applied for a license, even when he knew quite well that export of certain goods is banned by the US. “The illegal exportation of sensitive technology to prohibited entities such as PAEC, SUPARCO and NILOP, poses a significant threat to our national security,” said Leigh-Alistair Barzey, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), Northeast Field Office.
Khan has been found to be engaged in activities that are a violation of US federal laws. After he pleaded guilty, he now faces up to 20 years in prison. The goods that Khan was exporting to Pakistan’s atomic and space agencies are controlled under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Khan was using his businesses such as Brush Locker Tools and Kauser Enterprises-USA as a cover to export the goods to Pakistan.