Pakistan's nuclear father not contesting election vote: Party
ISLAMABAD (AFP) - The father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb has decided not to contest general elections in May, but will support his party and its allies on the campaign trail, a party spokesman said on Friday.
Many Pakistanis regard Dr 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.
He later retracted his remarks and was freed from house arrest in Islamabad in 2009, but he remains under pressure from the authorities to keep a low profile.
Dr Khan last November registered his Tehreek-e-Tahafuzz Pakistan or Save Pakistan Movement (SPM) to contest general elections for the first time and was allotted the symbol of a missile on request.