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Shahzad Frustrated With State Of Muslim World: Emails

Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad, who attempted to blow up a Nissan Pathfinder packed with explosives in the crowded Times Square on May 1, was frustrated with the state of the Muslim world as he sought to
PTI May 17, 2010 22:50 IST
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Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad, who attempted to blow up a Nissan Pathfinder packed with explosives in the crowded Times Square on May 1, was frustrated with the state of the Muslim world as he sought to "fight back." 

Two emails written by the terror suspect underline his frustration with the state of the Muslim world and his desire to fight back.  In 2006 when he was workings as a financial analyst in Connecticut, he wrote, "Everyone knows the current situation of Muslim World.

"Everyone knows how the Muslim country bows down to pressure from the west. Everyone knows the kind of humiliation we are faced with around the globe," Shahzad said in emails obtained by a TV channel. 

Shahzad expresses the desire to fight back. "Can you tell me a way to save the oppressed,  he asked. "And a way to fight back when rockets are fired at us and Muslim blood flows? In Palestine, Afghan, Iraq, Chechnya and elsewhere."

On May 1, Shahzad tried to blow up a crowded area of Times Square by placing a car packed with explosives in the popular tourist site.  The 30-year-old Pakistani American was apprehended 53 hours later at John F Kennedy airport trying to escape to Dubai.  He is believed to have been working in collusion with the Pakistan-Taliban.

 In the email, Shahzad also slams the 2005 controversial Danish cartoon.  "It is with no doubt that we today Muslim, followers of Islam are attacked and occupied by foreign infidel forces. The crusade has already started against Islam and Muslims with cartoons of our beloved Prophet PBUH (peace be upon him) as War drums," he wrote.  The TV channel obtained two emails from Dr. Saud Anwar, a Connecticut physician.  A second email sent in April 2009 Shahzad ridicules an article written by a moderate Muslim.  "If you don't have the right teacher, then Satan should become your sheikh," according to a translated portion of the e-mail.

 "I bet when it comes to defending the lands, his opinion would be we should do dialogue, etc., which is not the proven way from history and has not worked in current time and will not work in the future because it simply wasn't the way of the Quran," Shahzad wrote. PTI