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An unidentified object weighing 179 kilogrammes mysteriously hit the ground with a massive blast on Thursday. According to details, a space shuttle look-alike object descended to the ground, causing a massive blast, creating fear among the locals. Local administration along with law enforcing agencies took the object for investigation. Until the last report, the nature of the object is yet to be determined
Suspicions of outside involvementThe successful development of a uranium enrichment programme rapidly attracted the attention of the outside world and observers suspected outside assistance. But, due to lack of evidence, the report did not receive any attention. Suspicions soon fell on Qadeer Khan's knowledge obtained in URENCO Group. In 1983, Qadeer Khan was sentenced in absentia to four years in prison by the local court in Amsterdam for attempted espionage. When the news reached to Pakistan, Barrister SM Zafar, at his own expense, immediately traveled to Amsterdam to fight the case of Qadeer Khan and filed a petition at the Court. Zafar, teamed with Khan's old mentor professor Martin Brabers and his universities administration, where Zafar prepared for the case. At the trial, Zafar and Martin argued that the technical informations taken by Qadeer Khan are commonly found and taught in undergraduate and doctoral physics at the university. After series of hearing, the sentence was later overturned on appeal on a legal technicality by the Court. Reacting on the case, Qadeer Khan stated: "I had requested for it as we had no library of our own at KRL, at that time". Furthermore, Qadeer Khan strongly rejected any suggestion that Pakistan had illicitly acquired nuclear expertise: "All the research work [at Kahuta] was the result of our innovation and struggle. We did not receive any technical "know-how" from abroad, but we cannot reject the use of books, magazines, and research papers in this connection." he said in 1990.  U.S. objectionsIn an 1987 local interview, Qadeer Khan stated that: "United States had been well aware of success of atomic bomb quest of Pakistan." He allegedly confirmed speculation, but the Pakistan Government sharply denied all claims made by Qadeer Khan. Following this, Qadeer Khan was summoned for a quick meeting with President Zia-ul-Haq, who used a "tough tone" and strongly urged Qadeer Khan to cease any information he'd been providing in statements, promising severe repercussions if he continued to leak harmful information against the Pakistan Government. Qadeer Khan immediately made several contacts with foreign newspapers, denying any and all statements he had previously released. In 1988, the United States terminated all economic and military aid to Pakistan, but the Benazir government reached an understanding with the United States to "freeze" the program which went effect on 1993. In 1990, the United States imposed sanctions on KRL, but all restrictions were uplifted in 2001 after country's key logistic contribution against terrorism as being key ally of United States in the War on Terror. On July 1996, Qadeer Khan maintained, "at no stage was the program of producing nuclear weapons-grade enriched uranium ever stopped".