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Sources: Nuclear scientists questioned in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- Authorities in Pakistan are questioning three former army officers and four people in the country's nuclear program as part of an investigation into the possible spread of the country's nuclear weapons technology, Pakistani intelligence sources said Sunday.

Pakistani army spokesman Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan told CNN that the questioning was related to Pakistan's ongoing investigation of Pakistani scientists who are suspected of passing nuclear technology to Iran.

Those being questioned include two retired brigadier generals, a retired major, three scientists and a technician, the intelligence sources said.

Sultan said the interrogation is a routine procedure, "part of the greater investigation that has already been under way" and that "these people were taken in to fill in the gap."

The investigation was opened in mid-November 2003. Pakistani authorities questioned three nuclear scientists in December. One has completed the debriefing session and two others are still being debriefed, according to Pakistani authorities.

CNN's Ash-har Quraishi and Syed Mohsin Naqvi contributed to this report.


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