Pak court dismisses petition against extradition

A Pakistani court on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by slain former ISI official Khalid Khwaja asking it not to allow the possible extradition of 12 senior Afghan Taliban leaders detained in the country.

Last Updated: May 11, 2010, 22:52 PM IST

Lahore: A Pakistani court on Tuesday dismissed a
petition filed by slain former ISI official Khalid Khwaja
asking it not to allow the possible extradition of 12 senior
Afghan Taliban leaders detained in the country.

Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khwaja Muhammad Sharif
turned down a plea by lawyer Tariq Asad that he be inducted as
the petitioner in place as his client, former Inter-Services
Intelligence official Khalid Khwaja, who was recently abducted
and killed by militants in the Waziristan tribal region.
The Chief Justice said the court could not allow Asad to
become the petitioner in this case.

"You can file a fresh petition on the subject," he said.

Khwaja was abducted and killed by the Asian Tigers, a
hitherto unheard of militant group.

Reports have said the group comprises Punjabi Taliban
with links to the radical Lal Masjid in Islamabad.

When Khwaja was still in the custody of his abductors,
Asad had filed an application to withdraw the petition.

The kidnappers had reportedly linked Khwaja?s safe
release to the withdrawal of the petition pertaining to the
Afghan Taliban commanders.

Khwaja was taken hostage with former ISI official Colonel
Imam alias Sultan Amir Tarar and Asad Qureshi, a British
journalist of Pakistani origin.
Khwaja was killed on April 30 by the Asian Tigers, who
claimed he was a double agent of the ISI and CIA.

In his petition, Khwaja had challenged the possible
extradition of top Afghan Taliban leaders, including Mullah
Abdul Ghani Baradar, Mullah Abdul Salam, Maulvi Abdul Kabir,
Mullah Mir Muhammad, Ameer Muawiyia, Syed Tayyab Agha and
Hakeemuddin Mehsud.

They were arrested from different parts of the country in
February.

PTI