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Pakistan promises 'complete cooperation' in Times Square case

Pakistan today promised "complete cooperation" with the US in probing the botched Times Square bombing, as investigators work to trace the links of the Pakistani-American suspect to militant outfits in the country.

world Updated: May 07, 2010 23:56 IST

Pakistan on Friday promised "complete cooperation" with the US in probing the botched Times Square bombing, as investigators work to trace the links of the Pakistani-American suspect to militant outfits in the country.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan will extend "complete cooperation" to the US in the probe as both countries are committed to fighting terrorism. But, he added a caveat against jumping to conclusions in the case.

"The investigation is underway and Pakistan has said very clearly that we will provide complete cooperation. We will share whatever information we have with them and they will share (information) with us," he said.

Any official request for cooperation from the US will be considered by the concerned Pakistani authority, he added.

Qureshi said it would not be proper to draw any conclusions about the suspect Faisal Shahzad till the probe against him is completed.

"Saying anything before the investigation is completed and they (the US) share their findings with us would be speculative," he said.

Authorities in Pakistan and the US are trying to trace the movements of 30-year-old Shahzad during his recent five-month stay in Pakistan.

The US response to the attempted bombing has been "very balanced and mature" and the Mayor of New York had said it was not the objective of American authorities to target Pakistanis and Muslims, Qureshi said.

US and Pakistani investigators have questioned Shahzad's relatives and associates and four suspected members of the banned Jaish-e-Mohammed to unravel his links in Pakistan.

A complaint filed by the FBI in a US court said Shahzad had received bomb-making training in the troubled Waziristan tribal region.

The Pakistani military has claimed it has found no links between Shahzad and militants based in Waziristan, which is considered a haven for Taliban and Al Qaeda elements.