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Rana ran a flourishing immigration business

world Updated: Nov 20, 2009 13:10 IST

Emerging details of Tahawwur Hussain Rana, a Canadian citizen of Pakistani-origin in custody in the US on charges of plotting terrorist attacks in India; show he was running a flourishing immigration business.

Though Rana lives in Chicago, the Kanata home he co-owns has been a gathering place for his far-flung family, including relatives spread across the United States and a brother who is a well-known journalist on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Before he became a diplomatic concern, Rana advertised himself as a "world-famous immigration consultant". That was last year when the Pakistani-Canadian businessman was just an "unknown" father of three, who worked out of Chicago while keeping a house in an Ottawa suburb.

The 48-year-old immigration consultant and businessman is at the centre of a flurry of international media attention since his arrest last month by the FBI for plotting terror attacks in India and Denmark.

Rana, who was born and raised in Pakistan, immigrated to Canada in 1997 and obtained Canadian citizenship in June 2001. He and his wife, Samraz Akhtar Rana, live in Chicago with their two daughters and a son.

Rana and his wife are two of five family members who co-own the house in Kanata, a suburb of Ottawa. But only his father, his brother Abbas and Abbas's wife currently live there.