Skip to comments.'Tartan Taleban' Arrested as Terror Suspect in Pakistan
Posted on 04/13/2009 10:42:47 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A SCOTTISH Muslim convert, dubbed the "Tartan Taleban", has re-emerged in Pakistan where he has reportedly been arrested as a terror suspect. Pakistan television paraded images of a man said to be James Alexander McLintock, who had been detained in the north-west city of Peshawar in late February.
The 44-year-old father of four, originally from Dundee, converted to Islam in his 20s but came to international attention in December 2001 when he was arrested in Afghanistan on suspicion of being a foreign fighter.
Mr McLintock was released five weeks later after strenuous denials of links to terror organisations and sent back to the UK. There was no official confirmation of his latest arrest. The British High Commission in Islamabad did not return calls.
The police in Peshawar deny holding Mr McLintock, while Pakistan's Foreign Ministry claimed no knowledge of his detention. But Pakistani government sources last night told The Scotsman Mr McLintock had been detained.
Although supposedly held since February, the information about this latest arrest was only leaked by Pakistani government sources to the country's media over the weekend, and it has been suggested that it could be the result of a tit-for-tat diplomatic spat between London and Islamabad.
Twelve men 11 Pakistani nationals and a Briton were arrested last week after police swooped on properties in Greater Manchester, Liverpool and Lancashire on Wednesday. One was released on Saturday while the rest are being held for questioning.
Sources in Pakistan's Foreign Ministry complained they were not given information on their citizens apprehended last week.
One source in Islamabad said: "This news on James McLintock should make Britain realise that it's not all one-way traffic. People (terror suspects] come from their side, too."
Mr McLintock, who changed his name to Yaqub Mohammed, had previously been detained in Manchester in 2003, but he was again released without charge.
Mike Weir, the MP who represents the Angus constituency where Mr McLintock's mother Margaret and father Iain live, had fought to have the charity worker released during his 2001 arrest.
Last night, he said he had not been approached by the McLintock family.
James Alexander McLintock who converted to Islam in his 20s.
Hahaha...the Pakis pulling the moral equivalency card. The world just gets more weird every day.
draw and quarter this disgrace to his ancestry with a Claymore
What’s intriguing, is that, although he is a Scot, he has started to take on that “look” of Crazy Evil Muzzies.
Bull! This guy changed sides years ago.
He looks like he’s a very Sikh man..