Times Square bomber's motive needs to be probed

12:57, May 09, 2010      

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This undated image, obtained from orkut.com on May 4, 2010, shows Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-American who is suspected as the driver of a bomb-laden SUV into New York's Time Square on May 1. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

The world is confused about what motivated the Pakistan-born American Faisal Shahzad to carry out bombing in busiest Times Square in New York City as the connection between him and Pakistan based militants has not been proved yet.

That is why it triggered mixed reaction on the part of the United States and media in recent days.

Richard Snelsire, spokesman of the U.S. embassy in Pakistan told Xinhua on Saturday that Pakistan satisfies his country over the cooperation in the probe into the busted bombing.

Commander of the U.S. Central Command General David Petreaus reportedly said that Shahzad acted as a "lone wolf" who was " inspired by militants in Pakistan but didn't have direct contact with them."

However, in an interview with American media U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Pakistan of unspecified "severe consequences" if it can be linked to a successful extremist attack on the U.S..

Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit termed the statement of Clinton as hypothetical and disappointing, saying Pakistan is cooperating with America in the bombing case and the two countries are jointly investigating the bombing.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik ordered probe into the U.S. allegations, including Shahzad's visit to South Waziristan tribal region and meeting Pakistan based militants.

Shahzad confessed to an American court that he acted on his own and had no connection with any militant organization.

On the other hand Pakistani Taliban spokesman denied their involvement in the bombing plot in New York.

Shahzad's educational background, his family and modern outlook also are perplexing as it contradicts his belonging to extremist group.

Retired Lieutenant General Talaat Masood told Xinhua that the incident could be seen as the most complex phenomenon. Shahzad has good family background and was reared in an educated and modern family. His recent photos and lifestyle show him as a liberal and modern gentleman. He is not a fanatic but did some thing insane.

"On the other hand he may have some connection with militants. or he may have been influenced by the situation in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries where he sees daily violence. He may have become disappointed in his life these days due to his personal problems. But all what we conclude is that a confusion which needs a thorough investigation," Masood added.

Defense Analyst Retired Brigadier Mehmood Shah told Xinhua that "it is not understandable why he took a step that dishonors him, his family and his country."

People in Pakistan are anxiously waiting for unveiling the enigma surrounding the bombing. Pakistani interior minister has vowed that all outcomes of the investigation in this connection in the country would be made public.

When the U.S. embassy was asked about his motive or links with militants, Snelsire said that things are not clear so far, adding Pakistan has assured full cooperation with America.

In a telephone conversation with Xinhua a man from the village of Shahzad's native home said it would be breaking news for him why and how he took the step.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:祁澍文)

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