Pakistan to seek Interpol role for TTP leader extradition

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 2:34:25 by

Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said Pakistan will demand handing over of Taliban leader Maulvi Faqir Muhammad from Afghanistan through the Interpol.


Talking to reporters in Islamabad on Saturday Rehman Malik said Maulvi Faqir Muhammad arrested by the Afghan authorities is wanted in different cases.


“W want his deportation to Pakistan so that action could be initiated against him according to law of the land,” he said.


The Afghan intelligence arrested Maulvi Faqir in eastern Afghanistan this week. Afghan Foreign Minister, Zalmai Rasoul conformed to Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar Faqir’s arrest.


The Afghan government has refused to hand over Faqir to Pakistan, saying there is no agreement on the exchange of wanted men.


Responding to a question about the dialogue offer of the Taliban‚ Rehman Malik said that the Taliban will have to demonstrate seriousness for talks. They first have to surrender their weapons before the start of negotiations.


Rehman Malik said that the top leadership of the banned ‘Lashkar-e-Jhanjvi’ is based in Punjab, which is blamed for attacks on Hazara community in Quetta.


He told a questioner that detainment of Lashkar-e-Jhanjvi leader Malik Ishaq by Punjab government is an appreciable step but more is required including starting criminal cases against him.


Earlier addressing the participants of the 25th passing out parade of police recruits at Police Lines in Islamabad, the Interior Minister said Pakistan is passing through a critical phase and facing challenges of extremism and terrorism.


He said the PPP government soon after assuming power decided to enhance the capacity and capability of law enforcement agencies. He said the nation knows that the elements plotting to destabilize Pakistan by conducting terrorism in Karachi‚ Peshawar and Quetta have failed. He said the nation will overcome the terrorism with the help of law enforcing agencies.


He said Pakistan lies at the crossroads of Central and South Asia and due to its geo-strategic importance and nuclear status‚ it has become a target of foreign interests that want to harm it.


The Interior Minister said the government decided to give representation to Baloch people in all departments and the induction of Baloch youth in Islamabad police as part of Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan package is re-affirmation of this commitment.


He urged the Baloch youth on mountains to come down and become part of mainstream life.

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