WASHINGTON  – Two Pakistanis on Friday were jailed in the US on different charges. A Pakistani national, Nadeem Akhtar, was sentenced to 37 months in a US prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to illegally transfer nuclear-related materials to his home country from the United States.

Nadeem, 46, who lives in Maryland outside Washington, DC, pleaded guilty in September and was sentenced by US Judge Frederick Motz in Baltimore to the prison term and to be followed by two years of supervised release.  He admitted that he and his conspirators used his company to obtain or attempt to get various nuclear-related devices and equipment from 2005 to 2010 and he misrepresented what they were and to whom they would be sold, the Justice Department said.

Meanwhile, another Pakistani man convicted on terrorism charges has been sentenced to more than four years in jail in the United States over a plot to smuggle a member of the Taliban into the country. Irfanul Haq, 37, who last September pleaded guilty along with two other Pakistanis to conspiracy to provide support to a terror organization - was sentenced to 50 months in jail by a US federal judge in Washington Thursday.

The other two men were sentenced last month to 40 months and 36 months in prison over the same plot, carried out between January and March 2011. All three men have agreed to return to Pakistan following their sentences.

“Haq conspired with others to smuggle into the United States an individual who was believed to be a member of a foreign terrorist organisation,” Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer said in a statement.

“Such conduct presents a serious threat to our national security.”

The US Justice Department said undercover law enforcement agents had directed “confidential sources” to contact the three men - then residing in Ecuador - to request help in smuggling a fictitious individual, said to be a member of the TTP, into the United States.