“A Pakistani man, who received training to join Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist network in Kashmir, has been sentenced in the US to ten-and-a-half years in prison.” This from IndiaExpress. He is indeed Pakistani, but he has been in the U.S. studying electrical engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
“Mohammad Aatique, 31, was first to be sentenced among a group of 11 people indicted in Pennsylvania and Virginia in July for training with assault rifles. Aatique, an electrical engineer by profession, had entered into a plea bargain with the prosecution under which he pleaded guilty to going to Pakistan after September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to train with Laskhkar.
“Of the remaining suspects, three have pleaded guilty of weapons charges and the trial is set to begin in February next year. A US Federal Court in Pennsylvania yesterday gave Aatique mandatory 10 years sentence for firearms violations but only six months for conspiring to violate the US Neutrality act.
“He could have got five years on the conspiracy charge but the judge decided on a lesser prison term as he was considered among people in lower in hierarchy of conspirators. The government had raised no objections to the period of Aatique’s prison term, apparently satisfied with his cooperation during the probe of what prosecution called ‘the Virginia jihad network.'”