A report in ‘The Sun’ has revealed that the uranium packet seized from Heathrow was sent from Pakistan to an Iranian man living in London.
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All the major intelligence agencies of the world, including America, Britain and Israel, were troubled by the actions of Pakistan, which smuggles nuclear materials around the world. In fact, a British newspaper has revealed on Wednesday that a package of uranium used in the atomic bomb was found at London’s Heathrow Airport. According to the report, this package was prepared in Pakistan and reached London via several countries. There has been an uproar in Britain after this revelation. At present, the London Police has now started investigating this entire matter.
The incident is of 29 December
In fact, a UK newspaper ‘The Sun’ report has revealed that the uranium packet recovered from Heathrow was sent from Pakistan to an Iranian man living in London. According to the report, this incident happened on December 29 last year. This package had reached London from Oman. During routine screening at the airport, it was detected that there was some sensitive material inside the packet. After this it was confiscated. After this information was given to Scotland Yard and Intelligence agencies.
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Britain’s intelligence agency MI-6 and Scotland Yard Police have not officially said anything about this, but have started searching for the people involved in this smuggling. No arrests have been made so far, but it is believed that a major threat to the UK has been averted for the time being. The incident has also raised concerns about the management of nuclear material in Pakistan, reports the BBC.
According to the BBC report, investigators are now probing whether this uranium has reached the UK because of Pakistan’s ‘poor security system’. Police Commander Richard Smith said, “I just want to tell the general public that they do not need to be afraid or worried. The amount of harmful material that has been seized is very small. It does not represent any kind of radiation.” There is no threat. Our investigation is going on. Nothing more can be said now.
Pakistan has a dark history
Pakistan has a dark history regarding quantum material and technology. Let us tell you that Pakistan has been accused of smuggling technology and parts of nuclear weapons earlier also. In 2004, the world was shocked to learn that Abdul Qadir Khan, the father of Pakistan’s atomic bomb, had been running a black market for nuclear technology for more than a decade. They provided nuclear secrets to dangerous countries like Iran, Libya, and North Korea. However, after this revelation, Qadir was imprisoned.
Pakistanis were smuggling
Two years ago in January 2020, American investigative agencies named five people from Pakistan on charges of atomic technology and smuggling. American investigative agencies found during investigation that these people had formed a fake company named Business World to smuggle nuclear technology. After this, these people were illegally smuggling atomic technology and nuclear plants without obtaining license. Till now it is not known where these people are now and what they are doing.
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Story first published: Wednesday, January 11, 2023, 18:43 [IST]