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Pakistan's Khan Released From Hospital

A former Pakistani scientist, who has confessed to leaking nuclear weapons technology to North Korea, Iran and Libya, was discharged Sunday from a hospital after undergoing cancer surgery, a doctor said.

Abdul Qadeer Khan, 70, had surgery last week for prostate cancer at the Aga Khan hospital in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city.

Khan was discharged early Sunday, a hospital doctor said on condition of anonymity because he did not have the authority to make media comments.

It was not known where Khan was taken.

The military-run Inter-Services Public Relations Directorate said late Saturday that Khan would stay in Karachi for "a few weeks for postoperative care under the supervision of the team of doctors who operated upon him."

"Dr. Khan is in good health and has shown rapid recovery," the statement said.

Khan, considered the father of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program, is regarded by many in the country as a hero despite his admission in 2004 of committing nuclear proliferation. Since his confession, Khan has been living under virtual house arrest at his home in the capital, Islamabad.

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