Pakistan received $656 million in security funds from the United States as authorities probed links between the country and the confessed Times Square bomber.

According to Dawn newspaper, the U.S. embassy in Islamabad transferred $188 million to Pakistan's central bank last week and the remaining $468 million on Monday. The coalition-support funds compensate Pakistan for counterterrorim and counterinsurgency operations.

Faisal Shahzad, a Connecticut resident and the 30-year-old son of a retired official in Pakistan's air force, was hauled off an Emirates airlines flight bound for Dubai on Monday night and charged Tuesday with attempting to detonate an SUV bomb in New York's Times Square.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Shahzad, he admitted “after his arrest that he had received bomb-making training in Waziristan, Pakistan.”

The lawless region along the Afghanistan border is a hotspot for al-Qaeda and Taliban. The Pakistani Taliban, which have conducted suicide bombings throughout that country, claimed responsibility shortly after the Saturday night bombing attempt, but Pakistani Army spokesman Athar Abbas told Agence France-Presse on Wednesday that any link between the Taliban and Shahzad had “yet to be established."

“As for the [Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan] claim, anybody can get up and claim anything. We have to see the capability and reach of the organization... so that is questionable,” said Abbas.

Fox News reported Wednesday that Shahzad had met with Jaish-e-Mohammed, an Islamic Kashmir separatist group recognized as the U.S. as a terrorist organization. Shahzad was reportedly born in Kashmir.