Teenager Linked to Militants Questioned in Pakistan

Mingora: Pakistani authorities interrogated a teenager on Monday wanted in the United States on charges of financing and supporting the al Qaeda-linked Pakistani Taliban, local intelligence officials said.

Alam Zeb, 19, was charged in Florida along with his mother and a family friend.

He is the grandson of the imam of a Florida mosque who was arrested in the United States along with his two sons last Saturday on charges of creating a network that sent funds from the United States to Taliban supporters in Pakistan.

“He (Zeb) is being interrogated by the security officials at one of their facilities,” an intelligence official told Reuters.

Zeb, his mother and a family friend all live in Swat Valley in the northwest, where the army launched a major operation in 2009 to clear the area of al Qaeda-linked insurgents.

The college student denied any links with the militants.

Zeb said his grandfather, Pakistani-born American Hafiz Muhammed Sher Ali Khan, 76, had sent money back to Pakistan only to help poor relatives rebuild their houses damaged in fighting in Swat between the army and Pakistani Taliban.

Some money was used to renovate a religious school, Zeb said.

Pakistani officials said they had not received any US request to help track down the three suspects in Pakistan.




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