Sunday, May 15, 2011

US charges six Pakistanis with terrorism

Pro-Taliban militants patrol an area in Pakistan's tribal zone

Source: Press TV

US officials have charged six people of Pakistani origin with providing financial support to Pakistan's pro-Taliban militants.

Three are Pakistani-born US citizens who were arrested in Florida and Los Angeles, while three others are at large in Pakistan.

The six have been accused of providing material support to a conspiracy to murder, injure and kidnap people overseas.

They have also been charged with plotting to provide support for a foreign terrorist organization, specifically, the pro-Taliban group in Pakistan.

Each of the four counts carries a possible 15-year jail term.

The news comes amid heightened tension in relations between Islamabad and Washington following last week's raid by US forces in Pakistan.

The US claims al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, was killed in the offensive.

Pakistani lawmakers have passed a resolution condemning the raid and demanding a review of ties.

The resolution describes the drone attacks as "unacceptable" and calls for a ban on NATO transit convoys if the strikes do not stop.

The resolution also called for an independent probe into the recent US raid inside Pakistan that allegedly killed bin Laden. The parliament called the operation a unilateral action and a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty.

It warned that the repetition of such attacks could have dire consequences for peace and security in the region and the world.

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