The double game continues: if Faisal Abbasi is tried, expect him to become a national hero in Pakistan, a la Aafia Siddiqui. “Pakistan holds government worker in NYC plot,” by Asif Shahzad for AP, September 30:
ISLAMABAD — An employee at Pakistan’s state-run Islamic advisory body has been detained for allegedly playing an important role in assisting the failed New York Times Square car bomber, an intelligence officer said Thursday.
The suspect accompanied Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistan-American bomber, to Pakistan’s northwest to meet militant leaders, said the officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the intelligence agency does not permit its operatives to be named in the media.
The suspect, identified as Faisal Abbasi, was with Shahzad throughout his time in Pakistan, the officer said.
He said Abbasi worked for the government’s Council of Islamic Ideology, which advises on Islamic affairs….
A Misunderstander of Islam right in the middle of the Council of Islamic Ideology! Yikes!