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Guilty Plea in Failed Times Square Car Bombing RULE Pakistani Americans Charged with Terror-Related Offenses

Posted: May 4, 2010

Failed Times Square Car Bombing
Pakistani Americans Charged with Terror-Related Offenses
Americans Who Attended Terror Training Camps in Pakistan

The following is a list of Pakistani Americans arrested, charged or convicted on terror-related offenses in recent years:


  • Raja Lahrasib Khan, a naturalized American citizen from Pakistan, was arrested on March 26, 2010, for providing funds to an alleged terrorist leader in Pakistan and for planning to bomb a U.S. stadium.

  • Syed Haris Ahmed, naturalized American citizen born in Pakistan and raised in Georgia, and Ehsanul Islam Sadequee, a U.S. citizen of Bangladeshi descent, were sentenced on December 14, 2009, to 17 and 13 years in prison, respectively, for shooting casing videos of U.S. landmarks for potential terrorist attacks in the Washington, D.C. area.  In July 2005, Ahmed traveled to Pakistan with the intention to study at a religious school, attend a terrorist training camp and join Lashkar-e-Taiba, according to the indictment.

  • Six U.S. citizens and a permanent resident were arrested on July 27, 2009 for engaging in weapons training and conspiring to carry out "violent jihad" overseas.  An eighth suspect, who has been identified as Jude Kenan Muhammad, is reportedly still at large and believed to be in Pakistan.  Muhammad, a 20-year old American citizen from Raleigh who reportedly holds Pakistani and American passports, was reportedly arrested in October 2008 for attempting to travel to restricted tribal areas in Pakistan, but was later released.  

  • Javed Iqbal, a naturalized American citizen from Pakistan, and American citizen Saleh Elahwal were sentenced in June 2009 to nearly six years in prison and 17 months in prison, respectively, for distributing broadcasts of Al Manar, Hezbollah's TV station, and providing material support to Hezbollah.

  • Uzair Paracha, a U.S. permanent resident from Pakistan, was sentenced on July 20, 2006, to 30 years in prison for attempting to help an Al Qaeda operative enter the U.S. in order to carry out an attack on gas stations on behalf of the international terrorist network.

  • A group of nine American citizens and one legal permanent resident, dubbed the "Virginia Jihad Network" by prosecutors, were convicted on terrorism charges related to the Pakistani-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET) in Alexandria, Virginia, between 2003 and 2005.  The leader of the group Ali al-Timimi, an American-born Muslim cleric, urged the men to train at LET terrorist camps in preparation to fight against American-led forces in Afghanistan. The men trained with weapons in Virginia and seven of the defendants traveled to Pakistan to train with LET. 

  • Pakistani-born American Mohammed Junaid Babar pleaded guilty in June 2004 to supplying money and materials, including night-vision goggles, sleeping bags and other items, to an Al Qaeda official setting up a terrorist training camp in Pakistan and plotting to assassinate Pakistani president General Pervez Musharraf in 2002.

  • Imran Mandhai, a U.S. permanent resident from Pakistan, Shueyb Mossa Jokhan, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Trinidad, plotted to bomb several targets in Southern Florida in 2002, including Jewish-owned businesses in Weston, the Israeli Consulate in Miami, Jewish community centers in Aventura and Broward County, electrical power stations in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, the National Guard Armory in Hollywood and Mount Rushmore.  The men planned to set off a series of explosives that would cause massive power blackouts in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, which they hoped would result in lootings and chaos in Southern Florida

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