Pakistan May Transfer Captured Taliban Commander To Afghanistan

Bashir Gwakh

A spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai says Pakistan may extradite a captured top Taliban commander to Afghanistan.

Spokesman Hamid Elmi said that Afghan and Pakistani officials have discussed the fate of the commander, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, and that Pakistani authorities might hand him over to Afghanistan.

"Our interior minister and [the Pakistani] interior minister have had exclusive talks about this issue. They are ready to solve this issue and hand [Baradar] over to Afghanistan. They are working on solving the legal hurdles that could come in to place," Elmi told Radio Mashaal.

Pakistan's army chief, General Ashfaq Kiani, is in Afghanistan today for discussions with Karzai and other top Afghan officials. Elmi would not confirm whether Baradar’s fate would be discussed in Kiani's meeting with Karzai.

Mullah Baradar is the former military leader of the Taliban. He was captured in February in Karachi by a joint Pakistani-American operation.

At the time, Baradar's arrest was seen in the region as a sign Pakistan had turned against the Afghan Taliban, who were said to have previously enjoyed tacit Pakistani support.

Elmi told Radio Mashaal that Afghan officials are seeking an agreement with Pakistan so that all Taliban arrested in Pakistan could be handed over to Afghanistan. A week after Baradar's arrest, the Afghan Interior Ministry said Pakistan had agreed to hand him over to Afghan officials, but Pakistani judges at Lahore's high court blocked the transfer.

At the time of his arrest, Baradar was said to be the second most important Taliban leader after Mullah Omar, the Taliban founder who is thought to have close ties to Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

This report has originally appeared on RFE/RL's website here.


  1. well i can say.... Pakistan knows better the nests of Taliban. but the efforts of Pakistan against the war of terror always seems fake. they were never honest and they will never be. because of the their personal hostility against Afghanistan.
    But we are hopeful some day we will ask Pakistan about all these eval intentions, whom she has against innocent Afghans. All the world knows Taliban r the product of Pakistan and Pakistan support Taliban without any hesitation.

  2. Israr Alam MohmandJune 29, 2010 at 4:20 PM

    Pakistan have two main concerns, fears India will use Afghan soil against Pakistan,Islamabad says delhi through Kabul involves in Balochistan seperation,Pak Ex-foreigne minister Sirtaj Aziz says Afghanistan peace is hidened in the kashmir issue. secondly Islamabad feels threat from Kabul regarding Durind line,as Afghanistan in 1964 observed (NWFP)Khyber Pakhtonkhwa their part,Not only other Afghan leaders but even Taliban leaders do not accept durand line. A Pakistani political expert Khadim Hussain sujests if Pakistan and Afghanistan sit together on the discussion table on equality basses and take each other in confidence so both countries wil be benefited and terrorism drama will reach to an end. Afghan president, Hamid Karzai during his visit to Islamabad said "Islamabad and Kabul peace are interrelated and now Pakistan and Afghanistan leadership have also recognized.

  3. Hi,i got the same views as mentioned above by Mr I Alam Mohammad.its true Pakistan fears alot when it comes to the stability of Afghanistan.if Afghanistan gets stronger and prosperous Pakistan will no longer remain a state as it is sees its murder in Afghanistan.if we observe the region even if we notice globaly each single terrorist act has been linked to Pakistan,offcourse Afghanistan produce Worlds record opium And Pakistan produce worlds record terrorists.they think with this policy they will remain longer but unluckily at the end of the day they will lose everything and will transform its state into Somalia.....

  4. Any updated news? they transferred or not?

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