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January 14, 1988

The State Department has concluded that Pakistan was probably involved in a plot to smuggle materials for nuclear devices out of the United States, but it is recommending that aid to Pakistan not be severed, Administration officials said. The findings were in a memorandum sent to President Reagan regarding the case of Arshad Z. Pervez, a Canadian convicted last month of trying to export restricted materials--maraging steel, an alloy used to produce weapons-grade plutonium, and beryllium--to his native Pakistan. A new law allows aid to continue if there are overriding security interests. Pakistan channels U.S. aid to Afghan guerrillas.

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