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A US businessman has pleaded guilty to exporting products without a licence to atomic and space agencies in Pakistan, violating US federal laws. Imran Khan, 43, faces up to 20 years in prison.
US Attorney for the District of Connecticut Deirdre Daly said that Khan, a resident of North Haven, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty on Saturday in a Hartford federal court to violating US export law.

Court documents and statements show that from 2012 to December 2016, Khan and others were engaged in a scheme to purchase goods that were controlled under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and exported them without a licence to Pakistan, in violation of the EAR.

Suspect Imran Khan faces up to 20 years in prison
Khan conducted business as Brush Locker Tools or as Kauser Enterprises-USA.
When asked by the US manufacturers about the end-user for a product, Khan either informed them that the product would remain in the US, or he completed an end-user certification indicating that the product would not be exported.

After the products were purchased, they were shipped by the manufacturer to Khan’s North Haven residence in Connecticut or to a business owned by him.

“The products were then shipped to Pakistan on behalf of either the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) or the National Institute of Lasers and Optronics (Nilop),” the US Justice Department said. All these organisations listed on the US Department of Commerce Entity List, it added.

“The illegal exportation of sensitive technology to prohibited entities such as PAEC, Suparco and Nilop, poses a significant threat to our national security,” said Leigh-Alistair Barzey, special agent in-charge of the Defence Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), Northeast Field Office.

The Justice Department said that Khan never obtained a licence to export any item to the designated entity even though he knew that a licence was required prior to export.

Khan pleaded guilty to one count of violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.
He admitted that between August 2012 and January 2013, he procured, received and exported to the PAEC an “Alpha Duo Spectrometer” without a licence to do so.

Khan is scheduled to be sentenced by US District Judge Vanessa Bryant in August 2017, at which time he faces a maximum prison term of 20 years.

He has been released on a $100,000 bond since he was arrested in December last year.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1337452/us-businessman-pleads-guilty-to-exporting-prohibited-items-to-pakistan
 

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“The illegal exportation of sensitive technology to prohibited entities such as PAEC, Suparco and Nilop, poses a significant threat to our national security,” said Leigh-Alistair Barzey, special agent in-charge of the Defence Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), Northeast Field Office.
But we are there major non-NATO ally,how come we are threat to there security?
 

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But we are there major non-NATO ally,how come we are threat to there security?
It's rhetoric. Obama symbolically placed sanctions on a number of these organizations, before he left office, to try and show that he was tough on Pakistan.

Honestly, this doesn't change much.
 

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It's rhetoric. Obama symbolically placed sanctions on a number of these organizations, before he left office, to try and show that he was tough on Pakistan.

Honestly, this doesn't change much.
Well,it seems they are hell bent on pleasing India.
 

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USA is on its way towards a complete collapse.it has changed completely after 2001.for muslim world anyway.
US is the outcome of centuries of Western experiences in all walks of life. It would be one of the last states to collapse in this world. Mark my words.

USA friendship will bring more harm to every one than good
Bro, no need to panic.

US and Pakistan do not have an ideal relationship but we should not loose hope.

An individual is being penalized for doing something illegal; this is how a state should function. Regulation of private business entities is necessary to ensure they don't step out of line for monetary gains. This is important for Pakistan as well.

China and US do not love each other and penalize any private business entity which they find guilty of violating the interests of the state in each other's case but they continue to be largest trading partners nonetheless. We should learn from China.
 
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First thing you'll know, Pakistan has made a new sophisticated satellite and sending it to orbit..This sounds like the advanced missile technologies that were sanctioned..and the outcome was the testing of a submarine launched missile, a surface to surface missile and a MIRV carrying missile..
 

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But we are there major non-NATO ally,how come we are threat to there security?

Please read the statement "The illegal exportation of sensitive technology to prohibited entities (such as PAEC, Suparco and Nilop,) poses a significant threat to our national security,” as follows "The illegal exportation of sensitive technology ...... poses a significant threat to our national security" i.e. controlling the export of sensitive technologies is the important part of national security, not what prohibited entities are mentioned as examples. Those were mentioned only because they were the recipients of sensitive technology for which the case was being pursued.
 

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Well then, stop all imports from USA.
And bravo for the patriot Mr.Khan
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It's Pakistanis like him that we have a nuclear program which keeps us on the map.
 

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if we are sanctioned why dont we use 3rd parties (not sanctioned) instead of risking our own people? why dont we ask other friendly countries to import stuff for us..? anyways we should not depend on smuggled stuff anymore.
 

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if we are sanctioned why dont we use 3rd parties (not sanctioned) instead of risking our own people? why dont we ask other friendly countries to import stuff for us..? anyways we should not depend on smuggled stuff anymore.

Its all about taking short cuts and making bucks.
 

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