'Pakistan FO lies about Extradition Treaty with US'



  • Assalam-o-Alaikum-Warahmat-ULLAH ALL,

    Look at what the spokesman for US Embassy is saying in the part in italics at the end;

    DAWN News: Pakistan has extradition treaty with US, says FO

    By Baqir Sajjad Syed

    Friday, 01 Jan, 2010


    ISLAMABAD: Weeks after denying that Pakistan had an extradition treaty with the United States, the government said on Thursday that the two countries had an accord for return of fugitives as per a 1973 notification.

    “We have an extradition treaty with the US,” Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said at a media briefing.

    The US-Pakistan accord has roots in a US-UK treaty of 1932, which was then applicable to all colonial territories. Pakistan inherited it after coming into existence in 1947 and subsequently through a notification in February 1973 the US was included among the countries with which it had the treaty.

    The spokesman in a briefing earlier this month had referred to the arrangement between British India and the US as the basis for delivering criminals, but denied the existence of a formal treaty.

    In the past Pakistan put aside extradition procedures while surrendering terrorists Ramzi Yousef and Mir Aimal Kasi, giving an impression that the two countries lacked a formal agreement.

    Former president Gen Pervez Musharraf had also turned down a US request for extradition of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who was wanted in the murder of journalist Daniel Pearl. In 2001, Pakistan sought extradition of former Navy chief Admiral Mansoorul Haq from the US on the basis of the 1932 treaty. But Mr Haq returned voluntarily after extradition proceedings began.

    The arrest in December of five Americans in Sargodha has kicked up a debate on the existence or otherwise of such an agreement. Experts believe that the case pertained to repatriation, and not extradition, because they were not involved in any criminal activity in the US.

    Sources said reverting to the treaty at this juncture could be aimed at adding credence to Islamabad’s demand for extradition of former Punjab Bank chief Hamesh Khan, wanted in a Rs9 billion fraud case.

    A spokesman for the US Embassy, Richard Snelsire, said: “We don’t have an extradition treaty with independent Pakistan.”

    Recalling that a treaty existed between British India and the US, he said it was up to the Pakistan government to interpret.

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  • Assalam-o-Alaikum-Warahmat-ULLAH ALL,

    Why is Pakistani FO (Foreign Office) always lying to Pakistanis' ?



  • @hariskhan

    Koi jhoot nahi bola. AS PER THE TREATY, AMERICANS CAN TAKE OUR MEN (WHETHER GUILITY OR NOT), AND PAKISTAN HAS RIGHT TO PROTEST. PAKISTAN CAN CLAIM THEIR CRIMINALS (AND AMERICANS CAN DENY), AND PAKISTAN HAS RIGHT TO PROTEST.

    Yah ha sara agreement.



  • Assalam-o-Alaikum-Warahmat-ULLAH ALL,

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