Pakistan asks Afghanistan to hand over 76 terrorists immediately

Published: February 17, 2017

Pakistan Army on Friday asked Kabul to hand over 76 terrorists hiding in Afghanistan, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

The head of the military’s media wing DG ISPR Major-General Asif Ghafoor said Afghan Embassy officials were called to General Headquarters. “Given list of 76 terrorists hiding in Afghanistan. Asked to take immediate action/be handed over to Pakistan,” he said.

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The move comes after a surge in terror attacks across Pakistan. On Thursday night, minutes after the army chief vowed to respond to the recent wave of terror in the country, security forces closed the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan for all sorts of communication indefinitely.

“The Pakistan-Afghanistan border closed with immediate effect till further orders due to security reasons,” ISPR DG Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor tweeted shortly after Gen Qamar’s statement.

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Speaking to The Express Tribune on condition of anonymity, a top security official said the decision to close the border was taken in a high-level meeting on Thursday. “The border will remain closed for all sorts of trade, transport and people crossing over to both sides,” the official said. He added that the border will now only be reopened after thorough consultation with civil and military authorities.

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  • AD
    Feb 17, 2017 - 9:29AM

    Asking for bad ones from the west while hiding good ones in east.Recommend

  • Libra
    Feb 17, 2017 - 9:39AM

    Perfectly right move.Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Feb 17, 2017 - 9:53AM

    The shoe is on the other foot now, and pinching very badly.Recommend

  • abreez
    Feb 17, 2017 - 9:53AM

    There is no Afghanistan, don’t ask go there and kill all the snakes.Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Feb 17, 2017 - 9:58AM

    New COAS is not made in the metal of Gen Shareef. Now Hot Air is being pushed around at the GHQ. Recommend

  • Ali
    Feb 17, 2017 - 10:07AM

    Too little too late.

    Afghanistan must be responded with cruise missiles.Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Feb 17, 2017 - 10:10AM

    These kind of border closing will only damage the KPK people and will be of no value for Punjab. Recommend

  • salman
    Feb 17, 2017 - 10:12AM

    Afghan Govt will never hand over these Indian assets. Pakistan should close down the border for good and send Afghan refugees back on emergency basis. There is a need of intelligence based operation in Afghanistan to take out these militants. They are virtually controlling their sleeping cells in Pakistan from there and have unleashed this wave of terrorism across Pakistan in the last 4-5 days. Operation Zarb-e-Azb has successfully eliminated their operating platform and save havens in Waziristan but nothing much can be done in Afghanistan. Our own Chaudry Nisar provided them ample time to flee Afghanistan in the name of negotiations until APS massacre occurred. Recommend

  • Bilal
    Feb 17, 2017 - 10:19AM

    Afghanistan too is a victim of terrorism.Recommend

  • Jameel ur Rasheed
    Feb 17, 2017 - 10:30AM

    Strike them across the border and let Afghans keep the corpses! They like being hosts, let them being hosts to deads!Recommend

  • JKhan
    Feb 17, 2017 - 10:56AM

    We are seeing a repeat of Raheel drama. He too had meetings and visits to Afghanistan. But our 142 Shaheed school kids are still awaiting justice.Recommend

  • Sam
    Feb 17, 2017 - 11:03AM

    Shame to see so many Indians laughing in facebook feed. Guess they really hate Pakistan and have no regard for lives lost. Maybe you are the real aupporters of terroists in the region. Recommend

  • Humayun ali
    Feb 17, 2017 - 11:21AM

    Too little too late Recommend

  • Altaf Hussain, Mumbai
    Feb 17, 2017 - 11:44AM

    Now Afghanistan will hand over a list of Haqqanis and Quetta Shura leaders and demand their capture and return. Is Pakistan ready to reciprocate the gesture they are demanding from Afghanistan?Recommend

  • AD
    Feb 17, 2017 - 11:56AM

    How can military call Foreign embassy staff to its Barracks? Who is running the Pakistan?Recommend

  • Lumdheeng
    Feb 17, 2017 - 12:02PM

    Afghanistan claims terror attacks in their country is launched from Pakistan, alleging that most wanted terrorists are hiding in Pakistan. Now Pakistan claims otherwise.Couple of months back Pakistan and Afghan signed agreements, mutual cooperation to combat terrorism, along with spy agencies of both nation, what happened. Recommend

    Feb 17, 2017 - 12:14PM

    GHQ should ask from NATO officials Recommend

  • dude
    Feb 17, 2017 - 12:25PM

    ok doneRecommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 17, 2017 - 1:00PM

    ……and do you think they will just hand them over ? Recommend

  • AD
    Feb 17, 2017 - 1:13PM

    Why bomb them?Afghanistan have not done this,They cant do this as they themselves are victim of terrorism.They are suffering more than Pakistan.Recommend

  • Pnpuri
    Feb 17, 2017 - 1:17PM

    GHQ one wonders what is role of GHQ in a matter which should be dealt by foreign ministry.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Feb 17, 2017 - 1:41PM

    Use actual surgical strikes and take them out not the drama strike Bollywood style done by India. Afghanistan delivers or we deliver the solution with least discussion. Close all trade and movement till target achieved. Recommend

  • Afghan
    Feb 17, 2017 - 1:49PM

    And we said okay give us the list and we will relocate them to another safe place and then tell you that the address and the name you gave us doesn’t exist! LOLRecommend

  • Saleem
    Feb 17, 2017 - 1:53PM

    The COAS did what the interior ministry and foreign office did not have the guts to do.

    Please send home Afghan refugees with lightning speed.Recommend

  • Zaida Parvez
    Feb 17, 2017 - 1:55PM

    Nobody cares about the peace-loving Sufism. Who is there in Pakistan to hear their cries? All we will get is some face-saving declarations and so-called “operations”. After a week, everybody will move on until another massacre occurs.Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Feb 17, 2017 - 1:55PM

    There were many in joyous mood in Pakistan, too, when Mumbai was happening.
    That said, instead of taking out your frustration on Indians, you need to ask some serious questions from your security agencies. You have the fifth largest military in the world, who are also promised a cushy pensioned life along with corner plots and agricultural land, all at the expense of ordinary citizens like yourself, who still cannot feel secure whether at a marketplace or in a house of worship.Recommend

  • MAT
    Feb 17, 2017 - 1:58PM

    In the mid 90s, the Chinese advised Pakistan to economically develop Pakistan and AJK and leave the resolution of Kashmir to future generations. This was sound advice. The world will listen to Pakistan if it has money in its pockets. There is no point in destroying Pakistan economically for a cause that has very limited international support at present.
    Second point: If Pakistan wants CPEC to succeed, it has to ensure peace with both India and Afghanistan. Men and women of goodwill everywhere will respond positively.Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Feb 17, 2017 - 3:24PM

    Afghanistan must be responded with cruise missiles.

    That’s exactly what India wantsRecommend

  • BrainBro
    Feb 17, 2017 - 3:29PM

    When was the last time we complied, when India, Afghanistan and NATO asked us to hand over the terrorists for killing people in their countries? How foolish can one be, if even a child can understand such a retarded loop.Recommend

  • khattak
    Feb 17, 2017 - 3:30PM

    If it was India behind these attacks why not close Indian border & recall diplomatic staff, why Torkham has been closed, the lifeline of people in KP & in around the Durand lineRecommend

  • Khalid rashid
    Feb 17, 2017 - 4:32PM

    We will have to engage India and Afghanistan .for a solution to any problem there is give and take .Recommend

  • Libra
    Feb 17, 2017 - 5:22PM

    Stop shouting about Bombay attack. That was planned by your security agencies to malign Pakistan. But, you could not achieve anything. Talk about Samjhota Express, In which 60 Pakistanis were burnt alive. When you are handing over those murderers to Pakistan?Recommend

  • M.Sethi
    Feb 17, 2017 - 8:51PM

    @Bilal: Afghanistan is not a victim of terrorism, but at war between the foreign occupiers and freedom fighters ! Recommend

  • Nadir Sadiq
    Feb 17, 2017 - 9:12PM

    It’s about time we just strolled into Afghanistan and got the killers specially that Mullah Phjlu. These creeps do not deserve to live. Also, we should never for a sec. trust Afghans, with the exception of few, they have always been back stabbers since Pakistan was formed just like India so we should treat them as we treat Indians.Recommend

  • Ahmed Ali khan
    Feb 18, 2017 - 7:51AM

    @,pnpuri, GHQ is running the operation so they entitled to ask.Recommend

  • Ahmed Ali khan
    Feb 18, 2017 - 7:54AM

    When we are going to say Pakistani? Enough of Punjabi, pukhtoon,Balouchi and Sindhi.Recommend

  • Ahmed Ali khan
    Feb 18, 2017 - 7:59AM

    @Khalid rashid, India and America will never want a solution to the Afghan problem because of their interests.Recommend

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