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Sources: 2 Pakistan atomic scientists held for alleged Taliban contact

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- Two Pakistan scientists who sources said once worked for the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission were detained Thursday and are being investigated for contact with the Taliban.

Pakistan officials would say only that the two men had been detained in Pakistan and an investigation had been launched. Officials also said they are certain the two scientists did not share nuclear information. The officials would not elaborate.

Pakistan sources told CNN the two men are Chaud Abdul Majeed and Sulcan Basheeruddin Mahood, both people of deep religious beliefs and acclaimed scientists in the region.

The sources said the two have had dealings with the Taliban and have been guiding them on science-related matters, although the exact nature of their dealings is unclear.

Both men once worked at Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission but had been in Afghanistan since the Taliban rule, the sources said. It was not clear why they were back in Pakistan.



 
 
 
 



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