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Pak to ask Interpol for Maulvi Faqir extradition from Afghanistan

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Pak to ask Interpol for Maulvi Faqir extradition from AfghanistanPakistani interior minister Rehman Malik on Saturday said that Islamabad will contact Interpol in the near future in a bid to transfer Maulvi Mohammad Faqir, a senior Taliban commander who was captured by Afghan security forces in eastern Afghanistan.

This comes as Pakistani foreign ministry on Friday urged the Afghan government to hand over Maulvi Mohammad Faqir to Pakistan.

On the issue of dialogue with the TTP, Malik said the Pakistani Taliban had been speaking of holding talks with the government but did not appear serious on the matter, Dawn News reproted.

The minister advised the TTP to adopt the path of peace and to constitute a team which could be delegated the task of holding a dialogue with the government.

Malik moreover said that the armed forces and intelligence agencies were doing an outstanding job and requested political leaders to refrain from suggesting intelligence failures in the wake of terrorist attacks.

He said the principal target of the insurgents was Islamabad and added that the government would act with full force against those involved in terrorist activities in Balochistan.

Mohammed, who was deputy head of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP, fell out with the Taliban’s leadership in 2011 for saying the group was in peace negotiations with the Pakistani government. The Taliban recently claimed it patched up relations with the militant commander after the group announced that it was now ready to hold negotiations with the government.

Mohammed, who is reportedly in his 40s, was one of the Pakistani Taliban’s top commanders and led the network’s operations in the Bajur and Mohmand tribal areas along the Afghan border. He fled to Afghanistan in 2010 after the Pakistani military raided his stronghold in Bajur. Maulvi is an honorific religious title.

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