DAVID GREENE, Host:
NPR's Julie McCarthy joins us now from Islamabad. Good morning, Julie.
JULIE MCCARTHY: Good morning, David.
GREENE: So we're talking about a network of people that were being used by investigators. What do they mean by that?
MCCARTHY: Now, that said, David, there are many in Pakistan who share that attitude. It doesn't make them co-conspirators in a crime. And how this quote-unquote "network" fits into this broader puzzle in this plot is still a very open-ended question. But it does raise the idea of how some privileged here hold their own radical views.
GREENE: And how many people are we talking about? How many are in custody?
MCCARTHY: The father of this detained catering executive, Rana Ashraf Khan, says he's baffled by the accusations against his son. He said he's gone to school in the United States, lived happily there. The father actually filed a missing person report when his son didn't show up for work on May 10th. Two weeks later, he says he still doesn't know where his son is. And here's what he had to say, David, in a phone interview that we did last night.
RANA ASHRAF KHAN: The police have been unable to give me any lead whatsoever, whosoever is responsible. They are causing harassment. They are causing terror, in fact. For me, those people who picked him up are the terrorists. And I think that is the last word I can use.
MCCARTHY: So Rana Ashraf says since last October his son had organized something in the order of 900 events. And he said, how can somebody who's so involved in his business possibly get involved in some horrible, criminal plot.
GREENE: So we're talking about this business executive, this catering executive who's been picked up. Really briefly, Julie, who else of interest have investigators detained at this point?
MCCARTHY: Well, according to sources here, there is an army major who has been picked up. Now, that doesn't signal that the involvement of the Pakistani army or any other military personnel had knowledge of this bombing plot. But according to the Pakistani sources, telephone records show that this army major, now retired, actually spoke with Shahzad on May 1st, the day of the attempted bombing.
GREENE: Julie, thank you.
MCCARTHY: Thank you.
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