Pakistan – Embassy Caterer Arrested in Times Sq. Bombing

The New York Times reports that the owner of an elite catering company that organized events for American diplomats here has been detained by the Pakistani authorities on suspicion that he helped the Pakistani-American being held for the failed Times Square bombing, a Western official said Friday.

The United States Embassy, in a message sent by e-mail and posted on its Web site, warned American residents in Pakistan to avoid using the company, Hanif Rajput Caterers, because “terrorist groups may have established links” to it.

The detained caterer, Salman Ashraf Kahn, 36, “disappeared” on May 10, when he failed to arrive at the company headquarters after leaving his house in his car, his father, Rana Ashraf Khan, the chief executive of the company, said in an interview in Islamabad.

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