Pakistan to hand over Taliban Deputy to US-occupied Afghanistan

Taliban's top military commander, Baradar, had been captured in the Pakistani city of Karachi in a secret raid by CIA agents.

Pakistan to hand over Taliban Deputy to US-occupied Afghanistan

Pakistan has agreed to hand over to Afghanistan captured Afghan Taliban number two, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, and other insurgents, the president's office said on Thursday.

Taliban's top military commander, Baradar, had been captured in the Pakistani city of Karachi in a secret raid by CIA agents.

The move comes as US-led forces across the border in Afghanistan undertake one of Nato's biggest offensives against the Taliban.

"The government of Pakistan has accepted Afghanistan's proposal for extraditing Mullah Baradar and other Taliban who are in its custody and showed readiness to hand over those prisoners ... on the basis of an agreement between the two countries," a statement from President Hamid Karzai's office said.

The prisoners are accused of "criminal acts", it said.

Pakistan's Interior Ministry in a statement late on Wednesday had said Mullah Baradar was being investigated for crimes he may have committed in Pakistan, including illegal entry into the country.

"The request of Afghan authorities will be examined according to the law and if Mullah Baradar has committed any crime inside Pakistan, he will be first tried in Pakistan," the ministry said.

US President Barack Obama plans to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, where the Taliban has made a steady comeback since a US-led invasion ousted it in 2001.


Agencies


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