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Pakistan nuclear father registers new political party for 2013 election

Published on Nov 28, 2012 5:56 PM

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - The father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb has registered a new political party to contest for the first time in general elections expected next year, officials said on Wednesday.

Many Pakistanis regard Mr Abdul Qadeer Khan, 76, as a hero for building the Muslim world's first atomic bomb. But in the West, he is considered a dangerous renegade since admitting in 2004 to selling nuclear secrets on the black market.

In July, he set up Tehreek-e-Tahafuzz Pakistan or Save Pakistan Movement (SPM) to contest the 2013 elections and to campaign for an end to endemic corruption.

But attendance at his public meetings has been sparse and Mr Khan is unlikely to emerge a serious contender at the ballot box despite his popularity.

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