By Rauf Klasra
Dina Khan, the defiant daughter of Dr AQ Khan, has snubbed the deputy attorney general of Pakistan Raja Abdul Rehman and has warned the government that if her father was silenced, she would continue to fight and won’t sit like a silent spectator.
In a communication to The News, Dina Khan sharply reacted over the statement of Deputy Attorney General Raja Abdur Rehman, which he gave before the court that Dr Khan was not being kept in detention, as visitors could meet him, and that security had been beefed up to ‘protect’ him.
Dina Khan criticised DAG Rehman for what she termed giving an impression that her father was apparently giving statements that were against the country’s interests. Dina Khan said she would like to know how the DAG defined detention as “if you check the dictionary, keeping someone under detention means that her or she is being kept under confinement, unable to leave when they want to”. Dina pointed out that regardless of what Rehman said, her father was under detention.
“Allowing certain family members to come to the house does not mean that my father is a free man. He cannot leave the house, he can’t entertain people without getting prior permission from the government, and he cannot talk on the phone without it being monitored and screened. Please tell me if that is not detention, what is,” she asked.
Dina said as far as the issue of her father making statements against the national interest was concerned, perhaps the government should have thought of that when they locked him up and brought false accusations against him.
“If my father is talking to the media today, it is only because after more than four years, he is tired of waiting for the government to fulfill its promises. He is no longer a young, healthy man”, Dina said.
She added that if this was what it took for him to live the remaining life without these restrictions, “then I support him 100 per cent and I encourage him all the way.”
“If Mr Rehman thinks he can stop my father from talking by issuing a writ against him, he is mistaken. Even if my father cannot personally issue any further statements, the rest of his family will continue to do so on his behalf. How many people can you force into silence?” she asked in a defiant tone.
Source: The News, 30/6/2008