Pakistan rules out signing extradition treaty with Britain

May 5th, 2009 - 3:55 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban London, May 5 (ANI): Pakistan has made it clear that it will not ink any extradition treaty with Britain.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, before meeting the British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said that both countries had already discussed the draft of the proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the subject.

“We are open to consultations on the issue. We have said we are prepared to cooperate with the UK government on terror threats and provide all kinds of help to them to persecute those found guilty,” the Dawn quoted Qureshi, as saying.

Reffering to the arrest of 10 Pakistani students by the British security agencies on suspicion of them being involved in plotting terror attacks across Britain, Qureshi said the Pakistan government would extend all legal and other support to the students, who were later released.

“We have requested the UK government to let these students complete their studies rather than deporting them,” he added.

Commenting on the revamped US policy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Qureshi said Islamabad has certain reservations about the strategy, and would certainly raised the issue during the forthcoming trilateral talks between the US, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“We have reservations on the term Af-Pak not because we feel bad about being bracketed with Afghanistan but because we are two distinct countries with different cultures and different systems of governments and in different stages of development,” he said.

Qureshi said Pakistan would also ask the Obama Administration to focus more on eradication of the poppy cultivation and drug menace, which is Taliban’s main financial source. (ANI)

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