Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Pakistan Nuclear Programme and Moscow Metro Bombing

Delivered in Plenary - February 9th 2004

Mr President

I would like to protest at the leniency shown by President Musharraf of Pakistan to the television confession of Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan. This House has criticised Pakistan's exports of nuclear technology in the past and received condemnation from its government for doing so. It is extraordinary that the sale of such dangerous WMD know-how to regimes as brutal as North Korea results in a presidential pardon and the right to keep the illegally acquired payments. It smacks of a public scapegoating exercise in the face of embarrassing evidence of official covert support by the government.

Secondly, I would like to send my condolences to the people of Moscow for the recent atrocious suicide bomb attack on their metro, which resulted in at least 39 deaths and 150 casualties, with everything pointing to Chechen terrorists organised by a Saudi al-Qa'ida follower. I ask those in this House who proclaim the glory of the Chechen freedom fighters how they account for the murder of innocent Muscovites?