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Pakistan detainees proud of their role

world Updated: May 22, 2010 23:29 IST

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Two men detained in Pakistan for alleged links to the attempted Times Square bombing have admitted playing a role in the botched attack and are unrepentant, with one angrily accusing interrogators of “siding with the infidels,” a senior intelligence official said.

The pair are among six men officials say have been detained in Pakistan for alleged ties to Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-American arrested in the US two days after the failed May 1 attack in New York.

Like Shahzad, the detainees are all members of their country’s urban elite, including several who were educated in the United States.

The intelligence official, part of the team questioning the men, cited the two suspects as saying they did not do anything wrong and “proudly” describing Shahzad as their friend.

‘Salman was happy in US’

Among those detained in Pakistan was Salman Ashraf Khan, the co-owner of the upscale Hanif Rajput Catering Service. Khan’s father said on Saturday that he was baffled by the accusations because his son is a successful businessman who lived happily as a student in the US for four years. Mohammad Ashraf Khan said his son had no relations with Shahzad.