Direct Sharif to pay 7.86 mn pounds: Petition in Lahore HC

A petition has been filed in a Pakistani court asking it to direct PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif to pay 7.86 million pounds for extraditing Mir Aimal Kansi to America during his tenure as prime minister.

Last Updated: Sep 30, 2010, 23:33 PM IST

Lahore: A petition has been filed in a
Pakistani court asking it to direct PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif
to pay 7.86 million pounds for extraditing Mir Aimal Kansi to
America during his tenure as prime minister.

The petition filed in the Lahore High Court yesterday
also asked the court to direct authorities to register a case
against Sharif for extraditing Kansi.

It said Sharif should be directed to pay 7.86 million
pounds as damages and the amount should be spent on welfare
projects.

Kansi, a Pakistani living in the US, killed two CIA
agents and injured others during an attack outside the
American spy agency`s headquarters in 1993. He was captured by
Pakistani authorities in 1997 and sent to the US, where he was
executed in 2002.

Acting on the petition, the High Court asked the
Advocate General of Punjab province to file his response.

The petition, filed by Pir Ally Immrawn Saher
Essraphel through lawyer Javed Iqbal Jaffrey, also sought the
status of national hero for Kansi and his reburial with
national honour.

The petitioner said Sharif should be directed to pay
damages because Kansi was extradited to the US during his
tenure as Prime Minister. He said this money should be spent
on a modern art museum, a free hospital and a free university
for human rights.

The petitioner said Kansi was "an innocent man"
because he did not kill any CIA agent and that he was
extradited to the US on the basis of "mere allegations".

He asked the court to declare Kansi`s extradition
illegal and to tell the government to rebury him with official
honours.

Essraphel also said action should be taken against
Sharif and others involved in Kansi`s extradition under
anti-terrorism laws.

PTI