Times Square bomb plotter's ex-PAF chief father flees from Hayatabad house

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Peshawar, May 5 (ANI): Faisal Shahzad, the American citizen of Pakistani origin who has been accused of the failed Times Square bombing plot, is said to be the son of former Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Air Vice Marshal Baharul Haq.

According to television reports, Haq was seen vacating his house situated in a posh locality of Hayatabad town as soon as media started converging outside his residence to learn more about Shahzad.

Eyewitnesses said Haq along with other male and female members of the family left for some unknown destination in a car to avoid the media glare, The News reports.

None of Shahzad's family members have spoken to the media about his arrest in New York over alleged involvement in terror activities.

Air Vice Marshal Haq had retired from the Pakistan Air Force few years ago. His brother Major General (retired) Tajul Haq reportedly served as the Inspector General of Frontier Corps (IGFC).

Shahzad, 30, was arrested on Tuesday while he was trying to board a plane to Dubai. Soon after his arrest media reports said that eight to ten people had also been arrested in Pakistan in connection with the failed bombing plot.

Earlier, US officials said Shahzad has admitted to his role in the Times Square bombing plot, saying he had received bomb-making training in Pakistan.

During interrogation, Shahzad, who had returned from Pakistan in February, said that he received training in the restive tribal region in Pakistan along the Afghanistan border, a stronghold of the Tehreeke-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), adding that he was alone in the bombing plot and didn't receive any help from banned terror groups operating from that region.

Meanwhile, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is also trying to establish if there are any links between Shahzad and David Coleman Headley, the Pakistani-American man charged with scouting targets for the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. (ANI)

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