Den pakistanske hæren opplyser at de har arrestert en pensjonert major for kontakt med de to amerikanerne som planla attentat mot tegneren Kurt Westergaard og kulturredaktør Flemming Rose.
Hæren benektet at de har pågrepet fem offiserer for kontakt med de to terrormistenkte. Dette er falske rykter, het det. Men den arresterte eks-majoren skal ha vært i kontakt med David Coleman Headley og Tahawwur Hussain Rana.
Pakistan army has arrested a retired Major for his alleged links with terror suspects David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana, nabbed by FBI on charges of plotting attacks against India and Denmark.
Chief military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said the Major, who retired two years ago, has been arrested and is currently being questioned by intelligence agencies.
He was held as he was «in communication» with Headley and Rana, Abbas said.
However, Abbas denied a report that five army officers, including two serving Colonels and a retired Brigadier, had been detained by authorities, describing it as a «fabrication» by those running a «campaign» to embarrass the Pakistan Army.
The retired Major, who was not identified, was reportedly arrested in the garrison city of Rawalpindi that houses the Pakistan Army’s General Headquarters. He was taken into custody after FBI gathered information that he was in e-mail and telephonic contact with Pakistani-origin Chicago resident Headley (49) and Pakistan-born Canadian national Rana (48).