Pakistan - Terror champions of the world

Discussion in 'Pakistan' started by mattster, May 15, 2011.

  1. mattster

    mattster Respected Member Senior Member

    May 30, 2009
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    In the last 2 weeks Pak has had enough negative publiticity to last a century, but if it were not bad enough that OBL was found in Abbottabad, and the David Headley trial is starting in Chicago;

    Today, they busted a Pakistani Florida Imam and his 5 sons and daughters for funding the Pak Taliban and training young madrassa.

    I created this thread so we can list all the terror plots emanating from Pak. Here is the link:

    Fla. imam, 2 sons charged with supporting Taliban

    By RASHA MADKOUR, Associated Press – 2 hrs 30 mins ago
    MIAMI – A Miami imam and two of his sons were arrested Saturday on charges they provided some $50,000 to the Pakistani Taliban, designated by the State Department as a terrorist organization, officials said.
    Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan, 76, was arrested after morning services at the Miami Mosque, also known as the Flagler Mosque, where he is an imam. One of his sons, Izhar Khan, 24, an imam at the Jamaat Al-Mu'mineen Mosque in nearby Margate, Fla., was arrested after morning services there. Another son, Irfan Khan, 37, was detained at his hotel room in Los Angeles around the same time. The men are U.S. citizens. Their mosques are not suspected of wrongdoing, officials said.
    Also named in the indictment are three others at large in Pakistan — Hafiz Khan's daughter, grandson and an unrelated man, all three of whom are charged with handling the distribution of funds.
    The indictment lists about $50,000 in transactions. The funds were used to buy guns, support militants' families and promote the cause of the Pakistani Taliban, according to the indictment. It also alleges that Hafiz Khan owns a madrassa, or religious school, in his native Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan that shelters members of the Pakistani Taliban and trains children to become militants.
    Attempts to reach the men's families, attorneys and mosques were unsuccessful Saturday. However, another son of Hafiz Khan, Ikram Khan, told The Miami Herald that his father was too old and sick to be involved in the plot.
    "None of my family supports the Taliban," he told the newspaper. "We support this country."
    U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer said the investigation was sparked three years ago by suspicious financial activity and was not based on an undercover sting operation.
    "This is based on the defendant's words, actions and records," Ferrer said at a news conference Saturday.
    The indictment recounts recorded conversations in which Hafiz Khan allegedly voices support for attacks on the Pakistani government and American troops in the region.
    The Pakistani Taliban is a wing of the terrorist group that began in Afghanistan. It claimed responsibility for a pair of suicide bombings Friday that killed 87 people in what it said was vengeance for the killing of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden. The group has also been linked to the Times Square car bombing in New York in May 2010.
    The Pakistani militant group is allied with al-Qaida, is based in the northwest of Pakistan near the Afghan border and has links to that country's Taliban insurgency.
    Meanwhile, relations between the U.S. and Pakistan have been strained since the raid that led to bin Laden's death.
    If convicted, the South Florida men face 15 years in prison for each of the four counts listed in the indictment. All three are expected to appear in court Monday.
    It's not the first terror case to come out of the area. In June 2006, a group that became known as the "Liberty City Seven" was arrested in the Miami neighborhood by that name. They had been accused in a plot to destroy Chicago's Sears Tower. Five men were convicted, while two were acquitted. The plot never got past the discussion stage, which led defense attorneys and national terrorism experts to describe the case as overblown.
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