Who is Huma Mian? Wife of Faisal Shahzad, Times Square bomb suspect
Huma Mian has been identified as an American citizen who graduated from Colorado University and is the wife of Faisal Shahzad. She is now in Pakistan, where authorities have detained her father.
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Her profile on orkut.com shows photos of her husband and one child (reports say they have a son and daughter) in a pink bunny outfit. Under the picture of her husband, she writes "what can I say ... he's my everything."Skip to next paragraph
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Mian wrote that her passions are "fashion, shoes, bags, SHOPPING!! AND of course Faisal."
Pakistani media report that Shahzad got his US citizenship by marrying Mian, and that, while her father got his master's degree at the Colorado School of Mines in 1980, the family has roots in Mardan, a city in northwest Pakistan.
In 1998, Shahzad got a student visa in the US and later attended the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut, where he received a B.A. in computer science and engineering. In April 2002, he was granted an H1-B visa for skilled workers and three years later earned an MBA at the University of Bridgeport.
It's not clear when or where Shahzad met his wife, but US authorities don't consider her a suspect.
Backlash for Pakistanis?
Shahzad’s leap from a quiet suburban existence in Connecticut, where he held a good job with a financial marketing company, to high-profile terror suspect, has worried many ordinary Pakistanis, who now fear a US backlash.
“They are going to come down on us with a ton of bricks now,” says Gul Bukhari, a freelance writer in Lahore who occasionally travels to the United States to visit family. Pakistanis are often subjected to greater scrutiny while traveling to the United States and many face problems obtaining visas. Many feel that US scrutiny is set to increase.
Others suggest the Mr. Shahzad may have been “framed” by the United States so that it can exert more power over Pakistan. “It all seems too easy. Why would Shahzad leave without completing the job?” asked Shazaib Hassan, a small-business owner in Lahore.
But Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Wednesday that no links have yet been established between Shahzad and any terror groups, adding he will investigate whether the plot is in fact a “conspiracy” against Pakistan.
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