A group of US lawmakers pushed Obama administration to blacklist the Pakistani Taliban, a day after the failed Times Square bomber pleaded guilty and declared getting training from the terrorists group.
Four senators from New York and New Jersey said Tuesday they would create and submit a bill requiring the U.S. State Department to designate the Pakistani Taliban a “foreign terrorist organization.” But until now, the State Department still reviewing such a step there are still no concrete decision yet.
Senator Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand said that there are 45 groups on its terrorist watch list but doesn’t include the tribal terrorists Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), also known as the Pakistani Taliban. The group allegedly paid $12,000 to Shahzad and trained him in making and using bombs for his terrorist act, according to the FBI.
“Now that the Times Square terrorist has pleaded guilty in court, it is time to take the next step by confronting the organization that aided and abetted him,” and “ We cannot wait any longer to go after this group with everything we’ve got,” senator Charles Schumer mentioned on his statement.
The 30-year old Pakistani American, Faisal Shahzad, was brought up in Pakistan, where his father was an air force officer. Shahzad migrated to the United States at the age of 18 to go to college. He held a steady white-collar job as a budget analyst at the Affinion Group, a financial marketing firm in Norwalk. In 2006 his annual gross income had jumped to $70,000. Two months later, he finished his master’s degree in business. Last year, he obtained his U.S. citizenship.
Shahzad, stuffed his Nissan Pathfinder with various explosive materials, such as gasoline canisters, propane tanks, fertilizer, and fireworks then drove the vehicle into populous Times Square on May 1 to set off the explosive device, which ultimately failed. Shahzad was arrested while boarding a flight to Dubai from New York’s JFK airport.
“I want to plead guilty, and I’m going to plead guilty 100 times over,” he grievingly said. Until U.S. forces leave Muslim territory, he added, “we will be attacking U.S.”