Extradition Uncertain for Afghan Taliban Members Caught in Pakistan
Although both Pakistan and Afghanistan have stepped up efforts to neutralize and capture Taliban insurgents, prosecuting captured terrorists continues to be an uphill battle. A Pakistani court last week announced that it has not yet decided on whether to allow the extradition of several Afghan Taliban leaders. The detainees were recently caught during a Pakistani raid of suspected insurgents. Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Friday that he will be sending a formal request imploring Pakistan to extradite the men to Afghanistan.
The extradition issue will be revisited when the court resumes its hearing on March 15. The court will decide on a human rights activist’s assertion that the detainees should be tried under Pakistani law, as they were arrested in Pakistan.
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