NY car bomb could be act of retaliation: FM

Published: May 5, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has warned that the foiled New York car bombing attempt could be an act of retaliation against US drone attacks in FATA.

In an interview with CBS television, Qureshi said that to not expect retaliation from the Taliban would be naive. However, he added that the Pakistan Army has yet to establish a link between Shahzad and the country’s main militant stronghold in Waziristan.

More than 890 people have been killed in nearly 100 US drone strikes in Pakistan since August 2008.

Earlier, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that he will check if there is any conspiracy against Pakistan in the Faisal Shahzad’s case on Wednesday.

Rehman Malik was talking to the media in his office. He said that Pakistan has not yet formally initiated investigations against Shahzad.

The interior minister said that the investigations will start once US requests Pakistan to do so.

The interior minister said that Shahzad had visited Pakistan 13 times and he was married to the Mian family of Mardan.

Malik told the media that Shahzad’s wife has also been living in Saudi Arabia. He said that Pakistan is waiting for the details of charge sheet against Shahzad.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Meekal Ahmed
    May 5, 2010 - 8:23PM

    Who is he going to check with?Recommend

  • May 5, 2010 - 8:50PM

    How exactly is he going to check whether there is a “conspiracy” against Pakistan? Second, should he not be concerned to protect the rights of a dual nationality holder? And what exactly are you waiting for? If he is being “cospired” against then isnt it your job to prove his innocence? And if he is guilty and he has dangerous accoplices in the country isnt it better to go after them rather than give them more time to go into hiding?

    What a shame, the most oft repeated word in Pakistan’s vocabulary. Hint of a conspiracy = excuse for the government not to act!

    Whether or not there is a conspiracy or not does not matter! You need to act either way! You are waiting for the charge sheet? Every major news provider in the world has listed the contents of the court preceding! Do you want it gift rapped and sent to you!Recommend

  • May 5, 2010 - 8:54PM

    Also, why is it that while the Minister of Interior is not taking any action and investigating “conspiracies” The ISPR and the Ambassador to America have both said that they are investigating potential links to terrorist organizations? Looks like the state has different answers to different audiences! Recommend

  • Fayyaz Alam
    May 5, 2010 - 11:20PM

    The picture is that of an innocent guy. He is not same faisal shehzad

    Tribune: Could you publish this correction? Too unfair on this guy!Recommend

  • Omar Qadir
    May 6, 2010 - 9:31PM

    @Nadir El Edroos, very well put. Keep it up! I am reading your comments and for some reason they are better than the actual news :D.Recommend

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