He is the son of Saifullah Paracha who is a citizen of Pakistan currently held by the United States in Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba. He was born in Pakistan on January 7, 1980. His mother Farhat Paracha was a student of sociology at New York University. Paracha himself attended Rainbow Montessori school in Brooklyn sometime before age 5. As a teen he attended B. V. S. Parsi High School in Karachi. Paracha subsequently obtained a degree in business administration from IBA (Institute of Business Administration), Karachi in 2002.
Arrest and conviction
At the time of arrest in March 2003 he was a Permanent resident of the United States. He was initially held as a material witness in the investigation against al-Qaeda after the September 11 attacks. He was later charged with helping alleged al-Qaeda operative Majid Khan obtain legal status in U.S. fraudulently. In November 2005 he was convicted of helping Khan. In July 2006 he was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison. He is serving his sentence at FCI Terre Haute.
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- PAKISTANI MAN CONVICTED OF PROVIDING MATERIAL SUPPORT TO AL QAEDA SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON, USDOJ press release
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