A terrorist linked to JuD, who was caught while trying to sneak an explosive device into a police office in Islamabad, has claimed that some "influential" politicians are patronising the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, a media report said in Friday.
Mohammad Rafique was arrested on Monday when he allegedly attempted to deliver a parcel containing a bomb to an officer in the Crime Investigation Agency in Islamabad.
Rafique, who has been linked to JuD, told investigators that certain politicians, including some who are "very important and influential," are compelled to help the Taliban either because of direct threats to them and their families or their vulnerability due to their links to the tribal areas and the country's northwest, The News daily quoted unnamed sources as saying.
The sources claimed Rafique has been cooperating with investigators and providing information while answering questions put to him.
"This piece of information that some of the important and influential politicians are practically helping them (Taliban) to carry out terror strikes in the country, whether because of their sympathies or under some sort of duress, is quite startling," an investigator was quoted as saying.
Rafique's son Mohammad Hanif was a suicide bomber who blew himself up at the gate of the Pakistan Navy complex in Islamabad in December 2009, killing two persons.
The arrested man also told investigators that two terrorists based in the Orakzai tribal region are preparing and dispatching explosive-laden vehicles for terror attacks across the country. He said that three terrorists in Orakzai were training suicide bombers using "intoxication and other techniques."