ISLAMABAD It is not for the first time that a US-Pakistani national has been arrested as terror suspect. Even a tentative glance in the recent past would unearth many such arrests all the strings of which eventually lead to omnipotent US intelligence agencies. While there is no denying the fact that Pakistani security set-up has the presence of some supporters and well-wishers of Russian, Tajik and Uzbek militants fighting in North and South Waziristan, it equally needs to be established whether some militant group was instrumental in engineering The New York Times Square terror plot or the ever vigilant crooks of FBI or CIA have used Faisal Shahzad a US-based Pakistani as scapegoat for their expansionist designs. The hasty manner in which the US government and its 'desperately dutiful diplomats are pressuring Pakistani military command to 'create some link between the accused and militant groups in North Wazirstan sound nothing less than an apt replay of events that have surfaced of late. The patterns around which FBI and CIAs 'terror hunts evolve also pose this mind itching query as to who really has staged this New York Square melodrama? TheNation on March 28 this year had published a news item and a subsequent story on April 4 regarding highhandedness of FBI to harass, bribe, threaten and brainwash Pakistani nationals besides the Afghans to use them for testifying in fake cases. The ordeal of two Pakistani students studying in University of Maryland was narrated in the same story, besides providing a detailed account of FBIs cunning manoeuvres to trap people like Naseem Khan, Gul, and Shahid Hussain who were offered hefty bribes to work for FBI and were implicated later once they were of no use for FBI. It needs a recall here that Shahid Hussain is the same Pakistani national who was running a small motel in New York and was at the verge of bankruptcy. Being a perfect catch for FBI, Shahid was entrapped by the notorious spy agency, was reportedly paid $230,000 besides being provided other luxuries but was later implicated. About Shahid, Times Online reported last year, Shahed Hussain, a former New York State Motel owner who became an FBI informant in 2002 to avoid deportation to Pakistan after being arrested on fraud charges. Hussain appears to have met Cromitie at a Newburgh mosque where the plot to bomb Jewish targets was hatched. With Hussains help, the FBI was able to monitor every move made by Cromitie and the others. Hussain also provided the group with bogus C4 explosive and a fake Stinger missile and launcher supplied by the FBI. When the conspirators planted their dud bombs outside two Jewish targets on Wednesday night, the FBI was watching. The area was smothered with heavily armed Swat teams, the would-be bombers exit was blocked and agents hauled them away in handcuffs. Shahid Hussain was reportedly codenamed as Malik and his duties were to publicly oppose US and to preach Jehad. The same man had helped FBI to arrest one Yaseen Arif who was wanted by FBI. The Newburgh bomb plot isnt the first of Maliks operations for the government. He played a similar role four years ago in an Albany case, in which he helped the FBI arrest a man named Mohammed Hossain, a cash-poor pizzeria owner, and his imam, Yassin Aref, after persuading them to launder $50,000 in a made-up plot to bring a missile to the US and assassinate the Pakistani prime minister. reported in July last year. FBIs continuous reliance on informants by means of a snitch and a sting operation has followed great deal of publicity and controversy. Of the four individuals charged last year of plotting to detonate synagogues and military planes, one was a convicted felon and Pakistani immigrant who turned informant seven years ago to avoid deportation. This wasnt his first foray into undercover work for federal authorities. With considerable fanfare, the FBI has announced a steady stream of terrorism busts since Sept. 11, 2001. And in most cases, accusations soon followed that the stings were overblown operations that entrapped hapless neer-do-wells reported Associated Press last year. Amid all these startling revelations that have come from US media, it is crystal clear that US government is always behind such planted arrests. Pakistan needs to expose these patterns on which Pakistani and Afghans have been used as scapegoats in the past and need to access Faisal Shehzads case accordingly.