No request from Afghan for handing over Taliban commander: Pak
Last Updated: Thursday, February 25, 2010, 21:23
Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday said Afghan authorities had not made any formal request for the handing over of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a top Afghan Taliban commander arrested during a joint US-Pakistani operation in Karachi.

"There is no formal request received from Afghan authorities for handing over of Mullah Baradar," said a statement issued by the Interior Ministry.

Pakistan will carry out a "legal scrutiny and investigate the criminal acts committed by Mullah Baradar, including his illegal entry into Pakistan", the statement said.

Any request from Afghan authorities for the handing over of Mullah Barardar, a deputy of Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Muhammad Omar, will be examined "according to the law", the statement added.

The statement made it clear that if Mullah Baradar had committed any crime inside Pakistan, he would first be tried in the country.

The Western media had yesterday quoted an Afghan official as saying that Pakistan had agreed to hand over Mullah Baradar.

The report was subsequently denied by officials in Pakistan’s Interior Ministry.


First Published: Thursday, February 25, 2010, 21:23

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