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Faisal Shahzad could have links with LeT: Pak analyst

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, said.



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.

PTI

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