Pak Army Maj sacked, arrested for violating discipline

The Pakistan Army has sacked and arrested an officer for insubordination but officials have dismissed suggestions that the matter was linked to the Times Square bombing plot by Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad.

Updated: May 19, 2010, 16:47 PM IST

Islamabad: The Pakistan Army has sacked
and arrested an officer for insubordination but officials have
dismissed suggestions that the matter was linked to the Times
Square bombing plot by Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad.

The Inter-Services Public Relations said the officer,
identified only as Major Adnan in some media reports, was
sacked for insubordination.

Media reports said the officer from the Signal Corps
had also been arrested for violating discipline.

A spokesman of the Inter-Services Public Relations
denied that the matter was linked to the attempted car bombing
in New York`s Times Square.

Reports said the major did not abide by rules and
regulations of the Pakistan Army and was sacked after his
seniors complained about him to higher authorities.

Earlier in the day, the Los Angeles Times quoted
Pakistani law enforcement sources as saying that the major was
arrested for his alleged links to Faisal Shahzad.

The report said the major`s involvement with Shahzad
"remains unclear".

The daily also quoted the law enforcement sources as
saying that the major had met Shahzad, a naturalised US
citizen of Pakistani descent, in Islamabad and was in cell
phone contact with him.

The report said another suspect being held by
Pakistani authorities is a local Taliban member who appeared
to play the role of liaison between Shahzad and the militant
group.

The Taliban member told Pakistani intelligence agents
that he met Shahzad three times last summer.

At one of those meetings, the Taliban member gave
Shahzad an undisclosed amount of money because Shahzad said he
was running out of cash.

The daily quoted US officials familiar with the case
as saying that the Taliban gave Shahzad about USD 15,000 to
pay for the attempted bombing.

PTI