Faisal Shahzad could have links with LeT: Pak analyst
Last Updated: Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 23:50
Washington: Times Square bomb suspect Faisal Shahzad could have links with Lashkar-e-Toiba or the Pakistani Taliban, eminent Pakistani journalist and author Ahmed Rashid, considered an authoritative voice on terrorism in Af-Pak region, has said.

"This guy is obviously going to be linked to either Lashkar-e-Toiba or to North Waziristan, and so in either account wherever he's linked, there's going to be enormous pressure.

"There will be cooperation from Pakistan government, but there will also be enormous pressure, I think," Rashid told the popular National Public Radio (NPR) in an interview.

In a report from Islamabad, the NPR said the criminal complaint filed in federal court states that Faisal Shahzad told investigators that he had acted alone in the failed car bombing in Times Square, but his admission that he received training in Pakistan's militant-controlled tribal areas focuses attention on whether he was acting in concert with one of Pakistan's many militant organisations.

"Pakistan's Army has launched an offensive to dislodge militants from South Waziristan, but its counter-terrorism strategy has avoided a full-frontal assault in North Waziristan," she said.

She said if it emerges that Shahzad has affiliations with Pakistani militant groups, such as the Pakistan Taliban or the pro-Kashmiri Lashkar-e-Toiba, it could have serious implications for Pakistan vis-a-vis Washington's desire for a more aggressive crackdown.

Government sources confirmed to NPR that Mohammed Rehan, described as a friend of Shahzad, has been arrested in Karachi.

The report quoted sources as saying that he was picked up from a mosque known for links with the militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammed.

"According to local reports, Reham told investigators that he had rented a truck and drove with Shahzad to Peshawar where they stayed for 16 days last July," the NPR report said.


First Published: Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 23:50

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