You might be privy to more information than I am, but I don't think he was working without state sanction when he did what he did. Remember at the time of the allegations Pakistan was in turbulent financial waters.
I also think a nuclear armed N. Korea, Libya and Iran might have diverted US aggression from Pakistan (pre 911 we were public enemy number 1).
I think the way he was publicly pardoned on TV was a bit suspect. I would have expected harsher punishment for someone selling state secrets.
I also expect the intelligence agencies keep an eye on all people of value, not just our politicians and enemies (hard to distinguish between them these days).
Mind you it's only a theory. All the hoo haa about house arrest afterwards somewhat undermines my theory.
I'd like to share some more information about my self and my politics and general interests.
I am a supporter of the Pakistani armed forces and am proud to say I currently have family serving in the army. I firmly believe a strong and capable armed forces are the backbone of any country. Without the ability to protect yourself, your wealth, intellect and good deeds are useless against threats.
I was a regular contributor on another Pakistani defence forum for over a decade until it fell apart. I won't reveal my former alias as I have grown over the years and my ideas have grown with me. It is nice to see some old faces though and be back amongst people I consider friends.
My political identity is complex. I cannot justify my political ideas with established western political ideals. At I'm a liberal and a socialist but at times a conservative too. I'm not a capitalist nor am I a Communist. I consider myself to be religious and am exploring what Islamic political identity is, however I am not an Islamist.
I am a staunch supporter of Pakistan but consider my self to a human and therefore a citizen of Earth before I am a citizen of any of its nation tribes.
I'm a massive fan of green energy and yet want us to utilise technology as a catalyst to industrialisation.
People who i currently think highly of;
Abdul Sattar Edhi
Dr AQ Khan
Muhammad Ali (the greatest)
People who I like but consider flawed (in some cases majorly);
Zia Ul Haq
People I hate but have some respect for;
Tony Blair (world's most charismatic war monger)
Asif Ali Zardari (his rise to power is no less epic than scarface or Escobar. He's probably more criminal than the two of them put together).
I've been trying to sign in for ages, glad to finally get in. I've been a long term admirer and reader of the forum, I look forward to reading your opinions and taking the opportunity to ask some questions.