After N-tangle, AQ in plagiarism row

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  1. Flint

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    After N-tangle, AQ in plagiarism row

    Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN 26 August 2009, 12:20am IST

    WASHINGTON: A Pakistani doctoral candidate in the United States has exposed a stark case of plagiarism by Pakistan’s nuclear luminary AQ Khan,
    much to the dismay of the controversial man’s hero-worshipping fans and the mirth of his critics.

    While Pakistan is still coming to grips with the re-assessment in India of that country’s founding father Mohammed Ali Jinnah, there also appears to be an ongoing re-appraisal of Khan, widely known as the “father” of the country’s nuclear weapons.

    It seems that Khan, who is accused of basically stealing centrifuge designs from Europe to kickstart Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program, cannot produce any original work, and that includes writing a simple op-ed article.

    A recent op-ed by Khan on the “Science of computers” in Islamabad’s the News from the Jang group contained copious passages plagiarized from university prospectus and school curricula freely available on the internet, writes Fahad Rafique Dogar, a PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University. Dogar has reproduced at least four such instances of plagiarism by Khan by citing the original texts in a letter to the editors, which has gone unchallenged by Pakistan’s nuclear “hero” and the newspaper.

    Khan began writing a regular newspaper column in November 2008 when he was released from house arrest after being nominally incarcerated by Pakistan’s military regime for proliferating nuclear weapons technology.

    Many of the columns, seen by critics as utterly banal and trite, are devoted to self-promotion and criticizing others, as Khan pontificates about the state of scientific research in Pakistan.

    But Khan’s own reputation has been in question in many scientific quarters (including in Pakistan) where it is believed that he is nothing more than a huckster who stole centrifuge designs from Urenco, a European company he worked for, while presenting himself as a “scientist”, when in fact, he is a metallurgist who has no original work to his credit. There are no pioneering scientific papers by Khan in his domain and he is seldom cited in any research.

    The latest instance of “intellectual theft” has stirred Pakistani passions in the cyberworld, where critics and supporters of the man have clashed. Khan’s supporters argued that Khan had credited an acolyte who had given him the material lifted from the curricula and therefore could not be accused of plagiarism.
     
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    :D Trust Chidananad Rajghatta to bring us the juiciest stuff lol.
     
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    The original article in the news about his plagiarism. From 'Photo chor' to 'article chor', truly amazing :rofl:


     
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    Man, this is truly effing hilarious.
     
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    Totally shameless act :( , I think only some words were changed , I meant no offence to anybody , but that can not be tolerated.

    Regards
     
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    Well is suppose being called a plagiarist is a step down from 'Merchant of Menace'
     
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    I highly doubt his skills as nuclear scientist. I wonder if he was even capable of doing such highly sophisticated things. And Pakistan treats him as a National Hero, he should be a National shame.
     
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    Photochor strikes again.....
     
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    well thats hilarious
    :D:D:D
     
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    a dogs tail shall not be stright even if it is put in a pipe for a 1000 years it will only remain staright till it is in the pipe
     
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    Who, to patch up his fame--or fill his purse-- Still pilfers wretched plans, and makes them worse; Like gypsies, lest the stolen brat be known, Defacing first, then claiming for his own.
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    This article is continuation to the first article he plagiarised. But this time he mentions "(The information in this article is based on the available syllabuses of famous British universities.)" :rofl: :rofl:
    Though he says he copy-pasted from syllabuses of British universities, a lot of them are actually from US websites. :blum3: :D

    What kind of nuclear scientist he is? :blum3:

     
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    can some one please take this baffon the so called "Father" of the Bomb in pakistan
    to a mental hospital
     
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    Come on guys. He just did what he has been doing all his life. steal!!!!
    What else do you expect from him?
     
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    I always thought he was a fan of PARC (Palo Alto Research Center, Xerox corp, California).

    Turns out, he also likes Microsoft corp., Redmond, Washington for the ctrl+C and ctrl+V functionality.
     
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    I'm not surprised by this at all...

    Given this bloke's habit of plagiarism, Pakistan's nuclear bomb might also be a plagiarised one :D:D:D
     
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    Well to be fair, he did somewhat credit his sources at the end of the articles. However, that doesn't excuse the fact that this so-called scientist can't write a few paragraphs from his own head without resorting to copy-paste.
     
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    BBC NEWS | South Asia | Curbs on nuclear scientist lifted

    A court in Pakistan has lifted the final restrictions on controversial nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, allowing him total freedom of movement.

    Dr Khan, whose work helped Pakistan become a nuclear state, spent years under house arrest after he admitted selling off nuclear weapons secrets.

    In February 2009 most restrictions on him were lifted, but he still had to notify authorities of his movements.

    He subsequently filed a petition arguing for further freedoms.

    Dr Khan confessed to transferring nuclear weapons technology to Libya, North Korea and Iran in 2004 but was later pardoned by former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.

    He has since said that the charges against him were false and that his confession was "forced".

    The BBC's Syed Shoaib Hasan in Islamabad says that despite his confession and detention, Dr Khan remains very popular among many Pakistanis who regard him as a national hero.

    But the "father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb" was placed under house arrest and not allowed to meet anyone.

    This included US and IAEA experts who wanted to investigate the extent of his proliferation activities, our correspondent says.

    The US has repeatedly said it wants to question Dr Khan, but Pakistan has always refused access.

    'No limitations'

    "Dr Khan can come and go anywhere as he pleases, and no one should prevent him from doing this," Justice Ejaz Ahmed, the presiding judge at Lahore high court, said in his remarks in court.

    "We must implement the Islamabad high court's decision in spirit and letter.

    "There should be no limitations on Dr Khan's movements and meetings."


    I continue to be a prisoner despite having been released on court orders

    AQ Khan


    Profile: AQ Khan
    In his petition to Lahore's high court, Dr Khan argued, "I continue to be a prisoner despite having been released on court orders.

    "The government has used the judgement of the Islamabad high court by limiting my movement under the guise of providing me security," he said.

    The Lahore court is the highest judicial body of Pakistan's Punjab province.

    It is not clear whether the authorities will heed the court's decision
     

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