Terror support: US arrests Pakistani man

By AFP
Published: September 3, 2011

FBI had been investigating Ahmad, a legal permanent resident living in the state of Virginia, since 2009, after receiving information that the man might be linked to LeT. PHOTO: FILE/REUTERS

WASHINGTON: 

A Pakistani man who allegedly received training from Islamist militants before moving to Washington has been arrested and charged with providing support to a terror group, US officials said on Friday.

Jubair Ahmad, 24, stands accused of providing material support to the powerful Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, designated by the US government as a foreign terrorist organisation, and then lying about his involvement to investigators.

According to an unsealed affidavit by a Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent, Ahmad produced and posted a propaganda video for LeT “glorifying violent jihad” in 2010, some three years after he arrived in the United States with his parents and two younger brothers.

“Terrorist organisations such as LeT…use the internet and other media as part of well orchestrated propaganda campaigns,” the agent stated in the affidavit released by the US Justice Department.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 3rd, 2011.

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Reader Comments (60)

  • Cautious
    Sep 3, 2011 - 12:38AM

    After he spends his 20 years in jail he will be deported back to Pakistan — probably endangered his families chances of getting USA citizenship as well — hope he thinks it was worth it – doubt his family does.

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  • MBN
    Sep 3, 2011 - 1:32AM

    Not that I’m a fan of so called US Interests or the methods being employed by our retarded and backward Muslim nations to address them, but it takes a special kind of hypocrite to eat off someone’s food, live on their land, and yet plot against the very place which is proving to be the source of their survival.

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  • Ali
    Sep 3, 2011 - 1:33AM

    A Pakistani called Jubair Ahmad??
    Whatever’s next.

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  • sam
    Sep 3, 2011 - 1:41AM

    these are the type of typical people who have ruined Pakistan’s image.
    and y cant we call it a “Pakistani American Arrested” ? after all he was legal permanent resident .

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  • Sep 3, 2011 - 1:43AM

    When I see the age of Mr Ahmed,24,I ‘m shocked,the parents and the person charged do not realise,what they are dealing with.This is not sub-continent where ‘law and order’ is played with.Terror business is trated very seriously,and no leniency is shown towards the case.Peoples life is a serious business.Now this family is deep trouble.FBI and govt will throw the book at this man,wait and watch.Pretty dark days ahead.

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  • Aadersh
    Sep 3, 2011 - 1:59AM

    Jubair Ahmed or Zubair Ahmed?? I mean Pakistanis don’t pronounce ‘Z’ as ‘J’ it’s Bengalis or Indians pronouncing like that…Or perhaps ET has copied news from any Indian site..

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  • Talha
    Sep 3, 2011 - 2:18AM

    Here we go again.

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  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Sep 3, 2011 - 2:22AM

    If he is involved, 23 years is a very small sentence. He should be in jail for life. He is 24 now, after 23 years he will be in fiftees, still very dangerous.

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  • Zain Kamran
    Sep 3, 2011 - 3:00AM

    FOR GOD’S SAKE! why do they term ‘ Pakistani ‘ ? When the guy, on geographical basis, was an AMERICAN ?
    America is a place that became populated with immigrants from different countries and with different ethnicity. When a black guy commits a crime, its termed as only ‘ American psychopath ‘ and NOT as ‘ AN AFRO/ NEGRO/ AFRICAN ‘ . – same case goes for a WHITE guy.
    WHY PAKISTAN ? People who change their nationalities must not be related to their prior/ past nationalities. ( ON PAPERS at least ).
    Pakistanis this, Pakistanis that !
    We don’t term these fake talibans as ‘ Afghanis ‘ do we ?

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  • Shazad
    Sep 3, 2011 - 3:14AM

    @Ali Not every Pakistani is called Ali.Jubair is a common name in Pakistan.Whats your point?

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  • Shazneen Akmal
    Sep 3, 2011 - 3:15AM

    I have Pakistani friends who have names that start with Jubair not Zubair.

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  • Cautious
    Sep 3, 2011 - 3:27AM

    @sam

    and y cant we call it a “Pakistani
    American Arrested” ?

    Because he’s a Pakistani citizen – not an American citizen – you don’t become an American because your holding a green card.

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  • Truth Prevails
    Sep 3, 2011 - 3:28AM

    Good to see when our Army released murderer ‘Raymond Davis’ … Americans always pay back in the same way though.

    Pehlay hi kaha tha latka do ‘Raymond’ ko …

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  • Shahid
    Sep 3, 2011 - 3:28AM

    @Aadersh:
    Briiliant eye you have got …

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  • Sep 3, 2011 - 3:37AM

    Yes!It takes very special society,special person to do all this in 2 years of arriving here.Don’t ask what makes some one stoop this level?If I could figure this out I will be hailed in Islamic world atleast as a “Messiaih’,no one knows what this madness is all about,what triggers this,one struggles to get here ,have a future,be somebody,get good education,go places,then throw it all for a cause,of dubious nature.How are you going to cause an elephent some problem being an ant?Can any nation including Chinna take on USA?Answer is resounding No! You do not need to be rocket Scintist,just little common sense.Tribune Express is trying hard to educate society,but English is not enough,have a parallel news out let in urdu,to have some impact.It is so sad a,young life is wasted,LTT should be proud to have brain washed this poor kid and hurt this family,I’m speechless.But I do understand this mindset and madness.Pakistan i and Pakistan have very little useful time left.Time running out.Just can not brush it under the carpet,something seriously wrong.We all need to come with an Answer in a hurry.

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  • ex
    Sep 3, 2011 - 3:48AM

    @MBN:
    why is he a hypocrite ? Dont white people in engage in terror attacks against there own country ? If you commit injustice in the world expect revenge. He was not eating of anyones land. This is probably a classic american entrapment FBI style

    He was a american, nothing to do with Pakistan.He was radicalised by that country . As for LET they have no links to AL QAEDA

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  • Adeel759
    Sep 3, 2011 - 3:52AM

    US Embassies, when issuing visas need to do intense screening. Especially people coming from pakistan and Other Middle Eastern Countries. And they must carry on racial profiling at US Airports, even if it offend certain group of people. These days, safety comes first.Recommend

  • Sep 3, 2011 - 4:03AM

    @hariharmani:
    Hi Sir how are you? I agree with you. But then the outfits are always trapping these vulnerable boys. I feel sorry for the family. Hope he has mended his ways!

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  • Sep 3, 2011 - 4:06AM

    @Aadersh:
    Your comments are very immature! I feel for those people who keep the company of a person with your mentality. About your comment I say : Waisey dil behlaaney ke liye ghalib, khayaal accha hai!

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  • rehmat
    Sep 3, 2011 - 4:44AM

    @sam:
    “and y cant we call it a “Pakistani American Arrested” ? after all he was legal permanent resident ”
    Because he was not an American citizen.

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  • rehmat
    Sep 3, 2011 - 4:50AM

    @Aadersh:
    Seriously whether his name is pronounced as Jubair or Zubair – that was your concern?
    Not the fact that he moved as an adult to USA on Green Card and instead of respecting that opportunity, he chose to abuse it by getting involved with terror?

    Not the fact that he was an educated person and still it was possible for him to be indoctrinated in such a way in Pakistan?

    Not the fact that once again Hafiz Saeed is in limelight globally because his son was associated with this boy?

    Not the fact that – not only are people like Hafiz Saeed are not in jail but actually openly carry out rallies where they spew hate speech where boys like this get indoctrinated?

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  • JAMIL
    Sep 3, 2011 - 4:55AM

    Terror business is trated very seriously,and no leniency is shown towards the case.Peoples life is a serious business.Now this family is deep trouble.FBI and govt will throw the book at this man,wait and watch.Pretty dark days ahead.
    This is another drama_

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  • Ali Wazir
    Sep 3, 2011 - 5:10AM

    Let em get this straight he is accused of uploading a video on you tube? 23 years in jail? I guess FBI had to show it not a complete waste of money, on the anniversary of 911. Great job boys!

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  • Tariq
    Sep 3, 2011 - 5:15AM

    @sam: He is not a Pakistani American until he gets citizenship. He is a terrorist and hopefully gets what he deserves

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  • Someone
    Sep 3, 2011 - 5:46AM

    That’s the first “Jubair” I’ve heard off from Pakistan.

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  • Ode
    Sep 3, 2011 - 5:47AM

    So now FBI also starts tracking down normal people just uploading videos on YouTube? Speaks miles about the sense of security in America. I would never live in such a countryRecommend

  • Pan Mat
    Sep 3, 2011 - 5:58AM

    How can one even conspire against the system one is living in based on religious propaganda elsewhere. Most Pakistanis as proud of their concocted Arabic descent but have you ever heard to anyone blowing himself in Saudi Arabia due to problems in Pakistan?

    Pakistan has a generation of brain washed youngster, how this generation is handled will be crucial for future of Pakistan.

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  • Mohammed
    Sep 3, 2011 - 5:59AM

    His parents are responsible for this and the consular who gave them the green cards. They should have migrated to North Wizaristan. There was no reason to come to this country. A week ago a 17 years old P kid who got scholarship to John Hopkins got caught for terrorism. His family moved to the US four years ago as well. What a colossal waste. All following in the footsteps of Mr. Cool Shahzad the son of Pakistan Air Force Vice Marshall. You want Jihad, go to school and work hard. If this life is not important to you then why you want to kill others. Why not go alone boy – sit on a train track or jump from your mama’s roof.

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  • Indian_troll
    Sep 3, 2011 - 6:30AM

    @Aadersh : I envy your blissful ignorance :)

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  • Radial
    Sep 3, 2011 - 7:39AM

    he was a pakistani citizen, not an american citizen. legal permanent resident = green card holder. it means he was not yet an american citizen. so its absolutely correct to call him a pakistani.

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  • Prakash
    Sep 3, 2011 - 8:00AM

    @Zain Kamran:
    As per this report,Accused Jubair Ahmad is a legal permanent resident of USA ,that means he is not US citizen and only after living in USA for 5 years One can apply for Citizenship , so he is still Pakistani citizen.So you should not be offended,if he is called Pakistani.

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  • Capitalist
    Sep 3, 2011 - 8:14AM

    @Ode: You will drop your comment at the very instance you get a USA visa stamped on your passport. So please comment wisely. Fact is nobody in Pakistan can deny the opportunity to move to Europe, Canada, USA, Australia, anywhere but Asian and African sub continent.

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  • Reality bites
    Sep 3, 2011 - 8:51AM

    With all due respect, I think its not Jubair Ahmad’s fault. If a country provides education of hate and terror to its youth what else they will spread ?

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  • Truthbetold
    Sep 3, 2011 - 9:16AM

    @sam:

    ” y cant we call it a “Pakistani American Arrested” ? after all he was legal permanent resident “

    Legal permanent residents are not Americans. They are just legal aliens until thet acquire American citizenship.

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  • Pro-Musharraf
    Sep 3, 2011 - 10:08AM

    Now the LeTs will think twice before shifting to the United States, bet he was on welfare too. There goes the social benefits!

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  • rehmat
    Sep 3, 2011 - 10:38AM

    @Zain Kamran:
    “People who change their nationalities must not be related to their prior/ past nationalities”.
    But that’s the point – he had NOT changed his nationality. Getting a green card is not the same as being a citizen. Moreover he was a very recent immigrant and his terror indoctrination was in Pakistan. You will see references to Sudanese and Ehtiopians in US news when it refers to recent immigrants from these countries who have not yet got American citizenship.

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  • rehmat
    Sep 3, 2011 - 10:49AM

    @Ode:
    “So now FBI also starts tracking down normal people just uploading videos on YouTube? Speaks miles about the sense of security in America. I would never live in such a country”

    Yeah! Perhaps you prefer to live in Karachi where the videos of people being tortured and dismembered are freely distributed.

    US does not tolerate incitement of terror and that is a good thing. This maybe one reason that they have not had any major terror incident since 9/11.

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  • R S JOHAR
    Sep 3, 2011 - 10:51AM

    Many parts of the world including Pakistan where militancy is going on, would become peaceful when jihad factory in Pakistan is effectively closed and banned by its govt.

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  • Arindom
    Sep 3, 2011 - 11:07AM

    @Zain Kamran:
    because he only recently moved to USA. Blacks have been in US since 300 years..

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  • Saad Durrani
    Sep 3, 2011 - 11:20AM

    Pakistani or whatever? At least ask him name right! Jubair? What Pakistan he belongs?

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  • Khalid Ahmed
    Sep 3, 2011 - 11:47AM

    Aha, the apologists are already active here saying Jubair is an Indian Muslim name. A simple google search for ‘jubair pakistan’ gives many Pakistani persons and Pakistani villages containing ‘jubair’.

    Why don’t Pakistanis accept that LeT is a terrorist organization with global aspirations? LeT guys are not Kashmiri freedom fighters. They never were. Power corrupts everyone.

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  • F Robinson
    Sep 3, 2011 - 11:54AM

    Pakistanis love US Green card, US education,science, computing and life style. Unfortunately despite our generous aid in return they hijack our planes bomb our cities and export Terrorism.

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  • Zain Kamran
    Sep 3, 2011 - 11:56AM

    @Cautious:
    you are wrong a bit there.
    On papers, you’ll be an AMERICAN. let aside the ethnicity or previous country.
    Holding a green card doesn’t mean that you become a WHITE – American! No questions in it, but america is populated with every type of ethnic groups, so they all are americans. hencem, this man was an a american and NOT a Pakstani :)
    Think wide, can we ?

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  • Zain Kamran
    Sep 3, 2011 - 12:00PM

    @Nadeem Ahmed:
    i think you don’t know about the year counts in JAIL ?
    23 jail years means 11.5 ACTUAL years :)
    bceause in jail, one day completes in 12 hours. So this guy will be out when he is 35.5 years old.

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  • Zain Kamran
    Sep 3, 2011 - 12:01PM

    @Aadersh:
    well said bro!
    fantastic point!

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  • Javed
    Sep 3, 2011 - 12:38PM

    @Mohammed: Well said. Great comment.

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  • peace wanted
    Sep 3, 2011 - 12:41PM

    @ ali, i get you man!

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  • Parvez
    Sep 3, 2011 - 12:46PM

    Its strange that nowhere in the article or comments is there a mention that Jubair is a Muslim. The LeT is a terror outfit with an agenda that misuses religion and impressionable minds like Jubair are their victims.

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  • R S JOHAR
    Sep 3, 2011 - 1:03PM

    @Khalid Ahmed:
    I agree with your comments about LeT but the same is also applicable for JeM and LeJ as well. All these outfits needs to be first disarmed and then brought into national stream otherwise they will go the TTP way.

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  • mind control
    Sep 3, 2011 - 3:00PM

    @Aadersh

    Jubair Ahmed or Zubair Ahmed?? I mean Pakistanis don’t pronounce ‘Z’ as ‘J’ it’s Bengalis or Indians pronouncing like that

    And of course there are no ‘Pakistanis’ of ‘Indian’ or ‘Bengali’ origin. Aadersh just re-wrote the history of Pakistan.

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  • Sami
    Sep 3, 2011 - 5:32PM

    An American kills two Pakistanis on the road and in the front of the crowd in Lahore is freed while a Pakistani is arrested based on suspicion. What a Justice!Recommend

  • Rock
    Sep 3, 2011 - 5:34PM

    I know there are many Indians, pakistani, bangladeshis or other nationals who do no write correct spellings because English is not first language although global language. I hope the issue is closed now.

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  • Rock
    Sep 3, 2011 - 5:37PM

    “Wake up” otherwise the word pakistani will become the most hated word around the world. This is an appeal to civil society of pakistan from your neighbour.

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  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Sep 3, 2011 - 6:12PM

    @ Zain Kamran, thanks for correcting me. Its more scary if he is out in 11.5 years.

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  • Babloo
    Sep 3, 2011 - 6:42PM

    This report leaves out important details. As per FBI, they have recorded conversations of Jubair Ahmed with Talha , son of LeT leader , Hafiz Mohammad.
    Reports say Talha and Jubair allegedly communicated about the images, music and audio that Jubair was to use to make the video. The final video contained images of LeT leader Hafiz Saeed.
    Hafiz Mohammad is the alleged mastermind of 26/11 attack, wanted by India, but proclaimed as innocent social worker by the establishment.

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  • malik
    Sep 3, 2011 - 10:58PM

    @Adeel759:

    What you say is right; racial profiling is a must. People of Pakistani origin who have UK passports now can freely enter US. Such people are more radicalized than those with Pakistani passports.

    If the US wants to safeguard its border, it needs to devise a mechanism, at the immigration line itself, to find out which type of visitors are most like to cause harm to US. It could be racial profiling. Or maybe, stringent visa norms, stricter than the methods adopted by UAE. Only such things can protect the US since the whole Ummah actively hates the US.

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  • pl/sql
    Sep 4, 2011 - 5:36AM

    Don’t these people read newspapers? I mean people like this fellow and faisal shazad. No country takes kindly to being plotted against. Is that so hard to understand Pakistanis?

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  • Kallu Mama
    Sep 4, 2011 - 6:30AM

    @Aadersh:
    you said

    “Jubair Ahmed or Zubair Ahmed?? I mean Pakistanis don’t pronounce ‘Z’ as ‘J’ it’s Bengalis or Indians pronouncing like that…Or perhaps ET has copied news from any Indian site..”

    I am seeing RAW hand here

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Sep 4, 2011 - 10:08PM

    We are the easy catch before and after the crime for USA the world over for decades when we were moulded to have friendship with American against strategic all ground realities. American have used us always being never a difficult friends.

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  • Ranjit
    Sep 5, 2011 - 5:42AM

    Thank You Uncle Sam. I don’t care if terrorist is named Jubair or Zubair or Chubair or Kuber, if he is supporting international terrorism then he should be arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law which Pakistan or Bangladesh or India are not always good at doing. Having laws are one thing and following law to the letter is another. And that, my friends, is difference between First World and Third World.

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