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A Pakistan court has maintained restrictions on a nuclear scientist who allegedly leaked atomic weapons secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya.
The court ruled Monday that Abdul Qadeer Khan was not allowed to talk about nuclear weapons technology and must inform security agencies before he leaves his house so they can accompany him wherever he goes.
It was ruling in response to a petition by Khan asking that some or all of those curbs be lifted.
His house is guarded by numerous security officials.
The ruling did not say whether they would be withdrawn.
Khan, the former head of Pakistan's nuclear and missile programs, was
placed under house arrest in 2004 after confessing to running a network
that sold machinery for making bomb-grade uranium to Iran, Libya and
His release from house arrest in February 2009
prompted criticism from the US, which demanded assurances from the
Pakistani authorities that he was not involved in sharing nuclear
Pakistan said he no longer posed a risk because his smuggling network had been dismantled.
Khan is regarded as a hero by many in Pakistan for his key role in giving it
the Islamic world's first nuclear bomb in 1998, seen as a deterrent
against archrival India.Hilary Leila Kreiger contributed to this report