US want Pak to shift Barader to Bagram air base prison

Last Updated: Sunday, February 21, 2010 - 20:47

Karachi: The US is pushing for the transfer
of captured Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar to an America-run prison in Afghanistan, apparently frustrated by
his silence during interrogation by Pakistani investigators.

Baradar, the second in command to Taliban leader Mullah
Omar, was captured in Pakistan last month but US officials say
he has not revealed useful information so far.

Baradar has refused to provide information that could be
used against his insurgent network, prompting the CIA to push
for his transfer to the US-run Bagram air base prison in
Afghanistan, the Dawn news reported.

The proposal reflects US frustration with the
interrogation of Baradar, who was taken into custody by
Pakistani security agencies working alongside the CIA.

It also points to the Obama administration`s dilemma over
what to do with the so-called high-value detainees.

"This guy should be able to give out everything from bank
account numbers to where training camps are located," said a
US government official familiar with Baradar`s interrogation.

"He`s not doing any of that," reports quoted officials as
saying.

The CIA was denied direct access to Baradar for about two
weeks and has since worked with Pakistani interrogators, who
control the process of questioning.

But officials said they had learnt nothing from Baradar
so far that could be used to find other Taliban leaders or
help plan US military operations.

Another US official said "Baradar is talking" but said
they were concerned about the information`s reliability.

"His debriefing could well be an extended affair," he was
quoted as saying.

CIA Director Leon E Panetta and other officials have
proposed moving Baradar to the US-run prison at the Bagram air base north of Kabul, the Afghan capital.

But officials acknowledged that the prospects for such a
transfer were uncertain because of legal and diplomatic
obstacles, as well as potential objections from Pakistan.

The CIA declined to comment on the plan. But one of the
US officials said: "Baradar`s an Afghan, so it`s only logical
that his home country might be considered as an ultimate
destination.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, February 21, 2010 - 20:47

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