News this week that a Portland city employee was charged with offering “material support” to a man who helped plan a terrorist bomb attack in Lahore, Pakistan reminded us once again that we’re not isolated from acts of terrorism around the world.
“Well, shock. These things seem far away. Of course we had the Pioneer Courthouse Square case, so that brought it home. But shock that that would happen here, and that one of our employees would be accused of such a crime and arrested for it.”
That employee is Reaz Qadir Khan. They say he provided support to a man who detonated a bomb at the ISI – Pakistan’s intelligence service — in Lahore in 2009.
Suicide bombings are an all-too-common occurrence in Pakistan, and Pakistani authorities have had to focus heavily on internal threats.
OPB’s Michael Clapp saw the security apparatus up close last month. He went to the country as part of a program sponsored by the International Central for Journalists and the U.S. State Department.
Michael Clapp is OPB’s Web Editor and joined me to share his insights.
Pakistan: Mapping The Unknown - OPB News Series