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Saifullah Paracha

Suspected Al-Qaeda Associate


Location of DetentionU.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba2
Date of CaptureJuly 20032
Location of CaptureThailand2
Date of BirthAug. 17, 19471,2
Place of BirthMongwal, Pakistan1
Narrative and Notes
  • The U.S. government alleged in charges against Saifullah Paracha's son, Uzair, that Saifullah conspired with Uzair and al-Qaeda operatives Majid Khan and Ali Abdulaziz Ali to assist in getting Khan into the United States.
  • Khan planned to carry out bombings on U.S. gas stations. The Parachas discussed with Khan possibly receiving up to $200,000 in compensation.
  • The Paracha family denies the charges and has called for their release.
  • Separately, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence alleged Ali and Khan discussed with Saifullah Paracha using the New York office of Paracha's Karachi-based import-export business to smuggle explosives into the United States.3
    1 Department of Defense list of Guantanamo detainees.
    2 Biographical information from
    3 U.S. Department of Justice press release, Nov. 25, 2005.
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