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05-07-2010, 09:27 AM
USA: New York plot may be revenge for drone attacks, says Pakistani FM



WASHINGTON: The foiled New York car bomb attack blamed on a Pakistani-American could be retaliation for US drone attacks on the Taliban, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi warned on Wednesday.

“This is retaliation. And you could expect that ... let’s not be naive,” he told CBS television.

“They’re not going to sort of sit and welcome you (to) sort of eliminate them. They’re going to fight back,” Mr Qureshi said.

Faisal Shahzad has been charged with five counts of terrorism after he allegedly parked on Saturday a car primed with a bomb in Times Square, the heart of New York’s theatre district. He was arrested in a dramatic scene at John F. Kennedy Airport just before midnight on Monday when his Emirates Airline flight was preparing to take off for Dubai.

Talking to CNN about the involvement of Shahzad in the botched bombing, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Pakistan had already launched an investigation into the matter.

He said the government would fully assist the US in bringing the culprit to justice. He said Shahzad was a native of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and initially got his passport from Karachi. —Agencies