US presents evidence on Faisal's link to Taliban


Express May 26, 2010

NEW YORK: The Los Angeles Times reported that senior US officials have presented a dossier on Times Square botched attack suspect Faisal Shahzad to President Zardari.

The dossier contains a detailed chart describing Faisal's contacts with the Pakistani Taliban.

It was part of an emphatic American warning delivered last week by National Security Advisor James Jones and CIA Director Leon Panetta during their visit to Islamabad.

The paper claims since Jones' and Panetta's meeting with President Zardari, Pakistan has begun to acknowledge that the group provided support to Faisal Shahzad.

Arrests in Pakistan

Pakistani officials detained a tenth person in connection with the investigation into the failed May 1 car bombing of New York's Times Square.

A Pakistani intelligence source has identified the man as Shoaib Mughal. He is suspected of having served as an intermediary between the bombing suspect, Faisal Shahzad, and the Pakistani Taliban. The two men met frequently last year, when Shahzad returned to Pakistan.

The intelligence official added that another suspect, Major Adnan, resigned from the Pakistani Army last year.

The official said Adnan contacted Shahzad by email at least once.

COMMENTS (3)

Sadia Hussain | 10 years ago | Reply The linkages of Faisal Shahzad with Taliban must be investigated as they point towards a disturbing nexus, the arrest of five American national last year from Sargodha demonstrates that aspiring militants are turning towards Pakistan as training center for terrorism.
Rashid Saleem | 10 years ago | Reply This shows how deep the roots are for this menace and how hard we would have to try to get this out of our system. Faisal if found guilty should be dealt with justice but with that we must not forget that it’s the TTP and other militant outfits which blackmail people into doing something which they usually wouldn’t.
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