A defiant Pakistani-American terrorist Faisal Shahzad today warned the US that the "war with the Muslims has just begun", as he was sentenced to life on 10 counts of terrorism charges in connection with the failed Times Square bombing plot here.
30-year-old son of a retired Pakistani Air Force Vice Marshal, Shahzad
pleaded guilty 100 times to plotting the botched bombing on May 1 and
was jailed for life by Manhattan federal court judge Miriam Goldman
"The defeat of the US is imminent and will happen in the near future," a
defiant Shahzad told the court shortly before his sentence was
"Brace yourselves because the war with the Muslims has just begun," he warned Americans.
When Judge Cedarbaum asked him, "Didn't you swear allegiance to this
country?", Shahzad replied: "I sweared, but I didn't mean it."
The home-made bomb Shahzad had packed into the back of a vehicle
sputtered, injuring no one at the iconic Times Square packed with
Tehreek-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the failed attack
and the indictment also said Shahzad was trained in Pakistan by
affiliates of the terror group.
In a 40-minute Taliban video released by the US government, Shahzad,
wearing traditional clothes and carrying an automatic rifle and a Quran,
calls for war against the West to avenge what he refers to as
Making a statement in the court, the former budget analyst said: "We
don't expect your freedom... We already have Sharia law and freedom."
"We Muslims don't abide by human made laws because they are corrupt," a
relaxed Shahzad said and alleged that his family was threatened by FBI
when he was being questioned.
Calling himself a Muslim solider, Shahzad, who also confessed to have
got trained by terrorists in Pakistan's restive tribal region of north
Waziristan, had in June pleaded guilty 100 times in June to 10 terrorism
and weapons counts.
"I want to plead guilty, and I'm going to plead guilty 100 times over
because until the hour the US pulls its forces from Iraq and
Afghanistan, and stops the drone strikes in Somalia, Yemen and in
Pakistan, and stops the occupation of Muslim lands, and stops killing
the Muslims, and stops reporting the Muslims to its government, we will
be attacking US and I plead guilty to that," he had said in a statement
Shahzad, the father of two, was apprehended at John F Kennedy airport
while trying to escape to Pakistan via Dubai on May 3. He worked as a
financial analyst in Connecticut where he lived with his wife.
If the Times Square bombing was successful, Shahzad also allegedly
planned to attack four other targets -- Rockefeller Center, a Grand
Central Terminal, the World Financial Center and the Connecticut
headquarters of defence contractor Sikorsky, the prosecutors had
Shahzad also allegedly received money from a man in Pakistan who is
believed to be working for Tehreek-e-Taliban, according to prosecutors.
The suspect then used this money to buy the Nissan Pathfinder and a
9-millimetre Kel-Tec rifle, which was found inside his car at the
airport on the day of his arrest.
Defiant Pak-American Bomber Shahzad Jailed for Life
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