ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) has temporarily barred the extradition of a US citizen of Pakistani origin who is accused of planning a terrorist attack in New York, a lawyer said Wednesday.
Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui suspended the extradition order against Talha Haroon, 19, who is currently jailed in Rawalpindi pending his repatriation.
Lawyer Tariq Asad, who petitioned the IHC against the order, said he had won a stay
Siddiqui also summoned officials from the interior ministry for the next court hearing on April 11, according to an order seen by AFP.
“The allegation was that he was planning an armed operation against a public place in New York with IS,” Asad said, referring to the Islamic State group.
He said Haroon had returned from the US to Pakistan more than a year ago.
In his application to the court, Haroon’s father Haroon Rashid had written: “The story against the petitioner’s son is entirely concocted and false. He is a young teenaged student and in case of extradition he may lose his life and career.”
He added his son was a victim of “biased and prejudiced policy against the Muslims” by US President Donald Trump.