Most of the 11 Pakistani men arrested last week on the suspicion of planning to blow up shopping centres in Manchester on Easter weekend are likely to be deported, according to the Times.
The deportation is a possibility, a diplomat told HT. He, however, said investigators have not found any firm evidence linking the men to terrorist attack plans.
“There is already talk of coming up empty-handed and there is terrible infighting among the different forces involved,” he said.
Police squads have searched several properties in Liverpool, Manchester and other neighbouring areas, but have not found anything incriminating.
One of the Pakistanis, an 18-year-old, has already been freed from anti-terrorist detention and sent into the custody of immigration officials, awaiting deportation.
Pakistan too has arrested a British-convert, James McLintock, detained in Peshawar. The men arrested in Britain come from Peshawar. McLintovk is being questioned for helping British Muslim militants to make contacts in Pakistan.
The failed ‘Operation Pathway’ will leave many red-faces in the higher echelons of MI5 and Metropolitan Police.