US gave dossier on Shahzad to Pak

Zardari was delivered evidence on terror suspects links with Pakistani Taliban

US gave dossier on Shahzad to Pak

Faisal Shahzad. AP

The dossier contained “a detailed chart” describing Shahzad’s contacts with the Pakistani Taliban before his attempt to detonate an explosives-laden vehicle in New York City’s Times Square, US officials were quoted as saying in the Los Angeles Times.

The evidence was part of an “emphatic American warning” that there would be “inevitable pressure” on the US to take action if there was an attack traceable to Pakistan that resulted in US casualties, officials familiar with the talks said.

The warning was delivered to Zardari by US National Security Advisor James Jones and CIA chief Leon E Panetta during a meeting in Islamabad last week.

Panetta said Pakistan needs to “intensify” its crackdown on Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other militant groups. The evidence, which included photographs of militants suspected of assisting Shahzad, was shown to Zardari, army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, and other Pakistani officials, US officials said.

Jones and Panetta attempted to convince the Pakistanis that the US had “hard evidence that Shahzad had received support from the Pakistani Taliban,” the officials said.
The chart, assembled by US intelligence agencies, “showed who all he had contacts with”, one official said.

The chart drew “clear links between Faisal Shahzad and the TTP leaders in Pakistan”.
Jones and Panetta did not spell out any action the US might take, an official said.
The delegation did not rule out military action but it didn’t talk about it specifically, he said.

Officials in Islamabad had initially denied that the Pakistani Taliban was involved in the May 1 bombing attempt by Shahzad, the son of a retired Pakistani Air Force officer.
Following Jones and Panetta’s meeting with Zardari and other leaders, Pakistani officials began to acknowledge that Taliban provided support to Shahzad.

The Taliban initially claimed responsibility for the attempted attack but later denied knowing Shahzad.

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