Saved Situation in Times Square :: Pak Taliban Design unearthed.

Faisal Shahzad was arrested at a New York airport on charges that he drove a bomb-laden SUV meant to cause a fireball in Times Square, federal authorities said. -AP Photo

Pakistani Taliban behind failed New York attack: US

Sun, 09 May, 2010 | Jumadi-ul-Awwal 24, 1431

WASHINGTON: US Sunday said it has evidence that the Pakistani Taliban was behind last week’s failed attempt to detonate a car bomb at Times Square in New York and that terror suspect Faisal Shahzad was “working at their direction”, US Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday.

“We’ve now developed evidence that shows that the Pakistani Taliban was behind the attack,” Holder said on ABC television’s Sunday current affairs talk show “This Week.”

“We know that they helped facilitate it. We know that they probably helped finance it, and that he was working at their direction,” he said.

Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani born US citizen, was pulled off a plane to Dubai and arrested Monday for allegedly leaving a sport utility vehicle rigged to explode in New York’s Times Square just over a week ago.

Holder’s comments came as the New York Times reported that the United States warned Pakistan it must crack down on Islamic extremists or face severe consequences.

General Stanley McChrystal, the US commander in Afghanistan, urged Pakistan’s General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani in Islamabad on Friday to quickly begin a military offensive against the Pakistani Taliban and Al-Qaeda in North Waziristan. ^^AFP/Getty Images/File – Police in New York’s Times Square on May 7.

John Brennan, the White House deputy national security adviser, echoed Holder’s charges, pointing the finger at the Pakistani Taliban in an interview with CNN.

“It looks like he was working on behalf of the TTP, the Pakistani Taliban,” Brennan said. “This group is closely allied with Al Qaeda. This is something that we’re taking very seriously.” -AFP

Courtesy : DawnNews, AFP, AP and Agencies.

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