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Pakistan-Afghan request

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Afghan request for handing over of Taliban spokesman to be considered: Pakistan

Islamabad, Oct 6,IRNA - Pakistan said on Thursday that it would consider a formal request by Afghanistan to hand over Taliban spokesman Mufti Lateefullah Hakimi.

Pakistan Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao said on Tuesday that the country's security agents have arrested Hakimi in Balochistan.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday praised Pakistan for Hakimi's arrest and sought his deportation to Afghanistan.

"We have seen media reports about Afghanistan's request. We have not yet received any formal request from Afghan government.

"When such request comes to us, we will consider it," Foreign Office spokesperson Ms Tasneem Aslam said.

Asked if the interrogators extracted useful information from Hakimi during his questioning, the spokesperson said that
interrogation is going on and it would be premature to say that what Mr Hakimi has said or what he has not said.

When her attention was drawn towards Hakimi's reported comments that Mulla Omar is in Afghanistan, the spokesperson said, We have seen reports but I will not comment on it.

Asked about claims by some people that Taliban are hiding in Pakistan, she said Pakistan and Afghanistan have a porous border with the people cross the border. "All admit the terrain is also difficult."
But if it is believed that the people are crossing border with our consent or that we have sheltered him this allegation is unfortunate.

Ms Tasneem Aslam said that there is possibility that the people are hidden here but it does not mean that Pakistan is sheltering them.

Pakistan, she said, has arrested suspects if any information is received.

She said that many people have been arrested and killed during operations, conducted by the country's security forces.

She said security forces also lost lives in operations.

She said Pakistan is committed to arrest suspects and that Pakistan has a lot of contributions adding there is no need to check credentials from others.

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