Pakistani accused in US consulate plot held in Canada

Published March 12, 2015
Malik, a 33-year-old who came to Canada as a student in 2004 and became a permanent resident in 2009, was arrested Monday.  — Reuters/file
Malik, a 33-year-old who came to Canada as a student in 2004 and became a permanent resident in 2009, was arrested Monday. — Reuters/file

TORONTO: Canadian immigration officials have arrested a Pakistani man who they say was plotting to attack the US consulate and other buildings in Toronto's financial district.

At a hearing Wednesday, Canadian authorities said Jahanzab Malik, a self-proclaimed supporter of the Islamic State and al Qaeda who received weapons training in Libya, told an undercover police officer about his plans involving remote control explosives.

Malik, a 33-year-old who came to Canada as a student in 2004 and became a permanent resident in 2009, was arrested Monday.

The Canadian government is looking to deport him.

It wasn't clear why he hasn't been charged with any crimes.

He was ordered kept in custody on Wednesday pending deportation.

In a summary of Wednesday's hearing provided by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, government lawyers said Malik attempted to radicalise an undercover officer he had befriended by showing him video's apparently of Islamic State beheadings.

Prosecutors said Malik told the officer that he was a “personal friend” of radical US-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a US drone strike in Yemen in 2011, but whose words remain influential in cyberspace.

Malik, who is detained at an Ontario jail, appeared at his detention review via video conference. He will appear for another detention hearing on Monday.

A lawyer for Malik didn't immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

Canadian Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney called him a “supporter of the Islamic State” who was “allegedly planning a terrorist attack in Canada” and thanked authorities for their work.

Opinion

Karachi diary

Karachi diary

If govts could focus a bit more on infrastructure and transportation, the heart of Pakistan would be able to pump a lot more life and activity.

Editorial

Starting over
Updated 01 Mar, 2024

Starting over

Both govt and opposition must resolve that their decisions will prioritise the public good over anything else.
Missing the point
01 Mar, 2024

Missing the point

IN a change of heart, the caretaker prime minister attended the hearing of the Baloch missing persons’ case in the...
Fleecing power consumers
01 Mar, 2024

Fleecing power consumers

THE so-called independent inquiry committee, formed by the power ministry to probe charges of excessive billing by...
Unchanged rating
Updated 29 Feb, 2024

Unchanged rating

Unchanged Moody's rating underscores that fears of default will continue unless a new, larger loan agreement is reached with the IMF.
Silenced voices
29 Feb, 2024

Silenced voices

THE state suddenly seems to be acting more loyal than the king as far as respect for the judiciary is concerned. The...
Gwadar deluge
29 Feb, 2024

Gwadar deluge

GWADAR has been battered with severe rains — the worst since 2010 — with both the town and Ormara to its east ...