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Pakistan to Consider Extraditing Taleban Spokesman


Pakistan says it will consider extraditing Taleban spokesman Abdul Latif Hakimi to Afghanistan if the Afghan government makes a formal request.

Pakistani officials say Mr. Hakimi was detained with five other suspected Taleban members in a raid this week on a house on the outskirts of Quetta, capital of Pakistan's Baluchistan province bordering Afghanistan.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai told France's LCI television Wednesday his country would seek the extradition of Mr. Hakimi, saying he is responsible for many atrocities in Afghanistan.

A Pakistani foreign ministry spokeswoman said the ministry has seen the reports, but has not formally received a request from Afghanistan for the extradition of Mr. Hakimi.

Pakistani intelligence officials say they have been questioning Mr. Hakimi about his links with senior Taleban leaders, the organization and structure of the Taleban, and to determine how he was operating in Pakistan.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.

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