Pak promises `complete cooperation` in Times Square case
Pakistan Friday promised "complete cooperation" with the US in probing the botched Times Square bombing, as investigators work to trace the links of the Pakistani-American suspect to militant outfits in the country.
Lahore: Pakistan Friday promised "complete
cooperation" with the US in probing the botched Times Square
bombing, as investigators work to trace the links of the
Pakistani-American suspect to militant outfits in the country.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan
will extend "complete cooperation" to the US in the probe as
both countries are committed to fighting terrorism. But, he
added a caveat against jumping to conclusions in the case.
"The investigation is underway and Pakistan has said
very clearly that we will provide complete cooperation. We
will share whatever information we have with them and they
will share (information) with us," he said.
Any official request for cooperation from the US will
be considered by the concerned Pakistani authority, he added.
Qureshi said it would not be proper to draw any
conclusions about the suspect Faisal Shahzad till the probe
against him is completed.
"Saying anything before the investigation is completed
and they (the US) share their findings with us would be
speculative," he said.
Authorities in Pakistan and the US are trying to trace
the movements of 30-year-old Shahzad during his recent
five-month stay in Pakistan.
The US response to the attempted bombing has been
"very balanced and mature" and the Mayor of New York had said
it was not the objective of American authorities to target
Pakistanis and Muslims, Qureshi said.
US and Pakistani investigators have questioned
Shahzad`s relatives and associates and four suspected members
of the banned Jaish-e-Mohammed to unravel his links in
A complaint filed by the FBI in a US court said
Shahzad had received bomb-making training in the troubled
Waziristan tribal region.
The Pakistani military has claimed it has found no
links between Shahzad and militants based in Waziristan, which
is considered a haven for Taliban and al- Qaeda elements.