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Pak Major held in NY bomb case

An army officer was detained as part of a widening inquiry into a circle of Pakistanis who had some knowledge of the activities of the man charged with trying to set off a car bomb in Times Square....

An army officer was detained as part of a widening inquiry into a circle of Pakistanis who had some knowledge of the activities of the man charged with trying to set off a car bomb in Times Square.

The Army officer was arrested in Rawalpindi,an American intelligence official said. He appeared to have been disaffected and his involvement with Faisal Shahzad,the Pakistani-American charged with the failed bombing in New York,did not signal involvement of the Pakistani Army,the official added.

The arrest of the officer,who holds the rank of Major and whose name was not disclosed,and of Salman Ashraf Khan,35,an executive of a catering firm that organised functions for the American Embassy here,suggested the participation of a group of Pakistanis in helping Shahzad after he returned to Pakistan from the US last year.

Six Pakistani men were arrested in the Islamabad on Friday. Like Shahzad,the detainees are all members of their country’s elite. Several were educated in the US.

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One of the suspects,identified as Shoaib Mughal,is alleged to be a go-between for Shahzad and Pakistani Taliban in their hide-outs close to the Afghan border. He has a large computer dealership in Islamabad. The other suspect,Shahid,is alleged to have helped arrange money for Shahzad. He has an MBA from the US.

The arrest of the Army major,first reported by The Los Angeles Times,raised questions of whether the Pakistani Army harbours some officers sympathetic to the Pakistani Taliban.

First published on: 23-05-2010 at 02:01:10 am
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