York Mar 28, 2002 (SANA) A detainee of anti
terrorism crack down after sep 11 is still in high security prison waiting
for his trial hearing on April 14. Qaiser Rafiq. a Pakistani citizen an IT
Professional living in USA for more than 12 years was arrested on October
16. The Connecticut State is holding Qaiser on $1 million bond on a
He was taken to state police investigation center where he was investigated
for several hours regarding September 11th, According to Qaiser in his
letter to President Musharaf, "during my arrest and investigation I was
abused orally and physically. I was accused of knowing something about
September 11, blamed of anti-Indian activities, acting as Pakistani spy and
financier for Kashmiri freedom movements". .
For more than three weeks his family was not able to trace him, in fact the
Connecticut Officials did not confirm the arrest when Pakistani Officials
try to inquire about him in the beginning of November and a press release
was issued by the office of Ambassador Of Pakistan. Finally his family got
hold of an attorney, who was able to locate him.
Qaiser’s five years old American Business Partner Smith Dhun complained
police that Qaiser stole his money in 1996, and New York police had a
warrant for Qaisers arrest in another alleged scam of $100,000 accusing
him of ripping off a couple to invest in a gas station deal that Qaiser
But it wasn't the Gas Station follies or his business partner complain of
steeling money, It was the information largely attributed to anonymous "law
enforcement sources" that supposedly linked him to terrorist activities.
A New York city permit taken out on Sep 10th with filming to begin on Sep
11 at the north of World Trade Center. Napkins with notes written in Arabic
lettering, that an initial FBI translation found "death to infidels in
Afghanistan". A car registered to Qaiser’s name apparently found abandoned
in New Jersey on Sep.8th. Police during search of his car also found
multiple drivers license from multiple jurisdictions of Florida and
Washington DC. under different names but with his photo.
Qaiser contends that the writing on Napkins was not in Arabic, but in Urdu
his native tongue. He said he cannot read or write Arabic. The notes he says
were for TV interview in support of President Musharraf joining the
He says he gave the New Jersey car to a old roommate friend in March 2000,
rather than junk it he signed the title over as a gift.
The $100, 000scam allegation according to Qaiser he owned a gas station in
1996-97. Hanson Qaiser’s lawyer calls the larceny charge "a simple case of
investment gone bad". The couple wanted guarantee on investment , instead,
the deal went bust.
Hanson described that Qaiser’s name does not appear on the film permit it
was taken out by Razaq Baloch of "Interactive Media Productions" a Manhattan
based company that shoots commercials, pilots, documentaries mostly for
South Asian stations based here and abroad.
Attorney Hanson told that Qaiser denies of multiple Id’s. He said it is
possible for people to have ID’s from multiple jurisdictions ____ for
example by keeping an old driver's license after moving and keeping a new
one. However Hanson acknowledged that Licenses found in the car were with
other people's names.
Qaiser is not going to plead guilty, he is going to put on a vigorous
defense said Hanson. The judge cited the multiple ID’s as reason for keeping
Qaiser Rafiq‘s bail at $1million.