Only Pakistani agencies to investigate Faisal Shehzad case: Malik

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that only Pakistani agencies would hold investigations regarding Faisal Shehzad a 30-year-old US citizen from Pakistan charged in the botched NY Time Square bombing.

Talking to media upon arrival at Benazir Bhutto Airport Rehman Malik said that he has received a letter from the US requesting formally for the investigations regarding Faisal Shehzad .

Also, the orders have been issued for registering the case and the investigations under Anti-Terror Act, he observed.

He said the allegations leveled on Faisal Shehzad included his South Waziristan Agency visit and meeting Hakeemullah Mehsud and Qari Hussain.

The US allegations against Shehzad will be properly probed and orders in this connection have been issued.

The federal minister said Pakistani investigation agencies will look into the case.

Responding a query, he told that investigations into the Faisal case will be transparent and general public would be kept abreast of any development in this regard.

Meanwhile a three-member FBI team arrived in on Friday to be briefed by local officials about their probe into possible links between Islamist extremists and Faisal Shahzad.

‘The FBI officials are focusing on two things. First, they want to question Faisal Shahzad’s father, father-in-law and his friends so they can guess how that man was radicalized and whether he had any links with radicals,’ DPA quoted a Pakistani security official as saying.

‘Secondly, they want to know if any militant organization in Pakistan had sent money to Faisal Shahzad to fund the bombing plot,’ He said, speaking on condition of anonymity. ‘They want us to find out if any transactions took place through hawala.’

US officials say Shahzad has admitted to the plot and told investigators that he attended militant training camps in Pakistan, but authorities in both countries have not confirmed any conclusive contact between him and a terrorist organization.

‘We have taken into custody a couple of Faisal Shahzad’s friends and people who knew them but there has not been any major breakthrough in the investigation so far,’ the official said.

‘We do not know if this person had any direct or indirect links with Taliban, al-Qaeda or any other terrorist group.

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