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Pakistan asks Afghanistan to hand over key Taliban leader

Publication Date : 22-10-2012


Pakistan is reported to have sought extradition of Maulvi Fazlullah, who led the brief Taliban occupation of Swat in the northwestern part of the country and fled to Afghanistan after a military operation in the valley.

Television channels quoted diplomatic sources as saying last night that Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar made the demand during a meeting with US Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman.

Khar urged the US envoy to put pressure on Afghanistan to hand over Fazlullah to Pakistan.

She said that the Swat chief of banned Tehrik-i-Taliban was hiding in an Afghan area close to Pakistani borders and his aides had launched several attacks on military posts in Dir, Chitral and other areas of Pakistan.

Fazlullah, also known as Mullah Radio, was involved in cross-border attacks on Pakistan and was suspected of having organised the attack on young student activist Malala Yousufzai in Swat, the TV channels quoted the foreign minister to have informed Grossman.


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