“I Was Curious About Jihad”: Pakistani Immigrant Arrested in US Airport

Curiosity killed the cat, satisfaction brought him back.” That’s how the rhyme goes in America. In Pakistan, it’s a little different. “Curiosity killed the cat while blowing up seven people in Kashmir.”

Now a Jihad-Curious Pakistani immigrant has been arrested at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – A man was arrested at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Tuesday en route to the United States from Pakistan.

Waqar Ul-Hassan was charged with two counts of making a false statement involving terrorism stemming from two interviews with FBI agents in May and October 2015.

According to an affidavit filed in federal court on Tuesday, Hassan has ties to and provided or attempted to provide financial support to both ISIS and a Pakistani terrorist group called Jaish-e-Mohammed, more commonly known as JeM.

The complaint said Hassan’s family moved to the United States from Pakistan in 1999, originally settling in Brooklyn, New York before moving to Virginia. Hassan, the complaint said, is a naturalized American citizen who also retained Pakistani citizenship.

 

He’s a citizen of the United States. And of the country that harbored Osama bin Laden.

Perhaps there should be legal measures taken about dual citizenship in terror states.

Hassan was curious about Jihad. But also shy about revealing his curiosity.

During an interview with FBI agents in May 2015, the complaint said, Hassan told agents “he did not support any terrorist groups or extremists, and did not know anyone who was a member of a terrorist or extremist group.”

Separately, during an interview with agents in October 2015, the complaint said, Hassan told agents “he never tried to send money to Syria for ISIS and that he never asked [Individual A] about sending money to ISIS.”

Federal prosecutors allege both statements were false and both were made after Hassan had been advised that it was a crime to lie to the FBI.

“I met with Mujahiden in 2014, while in Pakistan. I traveled to the Border and stayed with them two or three days. I also spent half a day at their Mosque in Deska. I went there because I was curious about jihad. I wanted to find out how they do jihad. I talked to… a representative of the Mujahiden about jihad several times. I gave between $400.00 & $500.00 for the Mujahiden medrasa. This Mujahiden is known as Jaish.”

Jihad-curiosity has now landed a cat named Hassan in custody. That way we’ll never have to find out if he learned how “they do Jihad”.

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