Pak brushes aside Iran`s demand to hand over terrorists

Pak brushed aside Iran Prez`s demand to hand over terrorists responsible for a recent suicide attack in his country.

Last Updated: Dec 23, 2010, 21:37 PM IST

Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday brushed aside
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad`s demand to hand over
terrorists responsible for a recent suicide attack in his
country, saying the two countries have bilateral mechanisms to
address terrorism and trans-national organised crimes.

Responding to a question on Ahmadinejad`s demand,
Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit said Pakistan and Iran
have bilateral mechanisms to address terrorism and
trans-national organised crimes.

During a telephonic call to his Pakistani counterpart
Asif Ali Zardari earlier this week, Ahmadinejad had asked him
to "arrest and deliver" terrorists operating from Pakistani
soil in the wake of a suicide attack in the Iranian city of
Chabahar that killed nearly 40 people, an incident that has
placed fresh strains in bilateral ties.

Ahmadinejad had asked Zardari to "commission the
intelligence organ of his country to identify, arrest and
deliver the well-known terrorists to the Islamic Republic of
Iran to stand for a fair trial."

The attack was claimed by Sunni militant group
Jundallah (Army of God), which Iran claims receives support
from the intelligence services of Pakistan, Britain and the
United States.

PTI