Pak promises `complete cooperation` in Times Square case
Pakistan has promised "complete cooperation" with the US in probing the botched Times Square bombing.
Lahore: Pakistan has 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 Pakistan.
A complaint filed by the FBI in a US court said Shahzad
had received bomb-making training in the troubled Waziristan
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.