Speaking of Mali :
A London accountant has described how Pakistan’s disgraced nuclear hero Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan visited the West African state of Mali on three occasions between 1998 and 2000. Abdul Ma’bood Siddiqui accompanied A.Q. Khan on three mystery trips between 1998 and 2000. Their final destination was Timbuktu, a remote outpost in the desert that has always been a magnet for explorers and adventurers from around the world.Siddiqui, who used to live in the Gulf until he moved to London, has told how on his vists to Timbuktu the ‘father’ of the Pakistani bomb witnessed the digging of a well, toured an ancient Islamic library and enjoyed the views of the desert.
Despite Siddiqui’s claim that the three visits had no ulterior motive, the qualifications of the men who accompanied Khan, including his chief scientific adviser, the head of security at the top secret Khan Research Laboratories near Islamabad and a former surgeon general of the Pakistan army, would suggest otherwise.———————— “Khan’s visit to Timbuktu was to prospect for uranium - dissident,” London |By Shyam Bhatia, Correspondent | 19-02-2004
Gulf News, Feb 19, 2004
(Note : The above snippet was found by Cindy a while back and posted on FR somewhere. )