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The government is seriously considering making public some of the evidence collected during the last three years about the proliferation network and Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan's alleged role in order to counter the recent media campaign of the detained nuclear scientist to establish his innocence.

Perhaps Dr Khan is up for a shock as he may not know that almost all the 'debriefing' or 'interrogation' sessions the Pakistani investigators had held, and during which almost every detail of the international proliferation operation had come to light, were video-taped. And these 60 hours of recordings contain as explosive a material about the proliferation network as a nuclear bomb could be. And a senior government official claims that on several occasions during the debriefing Dr Khan confessed to his involvement, at times describing them as honest mistakes, slips or oversights.

Dr Khan, however, insists that he is innocent, and in a series of recent interviews has denied any wrongdoing.

Despite such statements by the detained scientists, these officials say Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and other members of the Defence Committee of the Cabinet, as well as a number of other ministers, are in full picture regarding the investigation.

According to a cabinet minister, the detailed power-point briefing given to them leaves little doubt about Dr Khan's role in the proliferation network.

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