Afghan gov't demands extradition of captured Taliban leaders from Pakistan

21:51, February 25, 2010      

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Zamari Bashari, spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, speaks during a press conference held in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, Feb. 25, 2010. Afghan Interior Ministry said Thursday that the Pakistani authorities have agreed to handover Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the seized number two leader of the Taliban, to Afghanistan. (Xinhua Photo)

The Afghan government had demanded the extradition of Taliban leaders who were arrested by Pakistani police recently, spokesman for Interior Ministry Zamarai Bashari said Thursday.

"In a tripartite meeting held in Islamabad on Wednesday and attended by Afghan Interior Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar, his Pakistani counterpart Rahman Malik and FBI chief, the Afghan side demanded the extradition of 42 Afghans including Mullah Baradar," Bashari told a news conference.

The Afghan interior minister at the meeting handed over a list containing 42 names including Mullah Baradar and Mullah Abdul Kabir and demanded their extradition, Bashari said, adding the Pakistani side agreed in principle to extradite them.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the second-in-command of Taliban outfit, and Mullah Abdul kabir, another Key Taliban leader, have been detained by Pakistani police over the past two weeks.

However, Bashari did not set a time for their extradition; saying he cannot predict a time for their handover to Afghanistan.

Source: Xinhua
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