IHC stops extradition of US citizen accused of terror plot

By AFP
Published: March 29, 2017
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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

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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.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Chhota Shikoh
    Mar 29, 2017 - 4:32PM

    Here we go again, another ‘champion of the faith’ caught in a tug-of-war between two jurisdictions.Recommend

  • Ch. KA Nye
    Mar 29, 2017 - 4:38PM

    What does Spiderman have to say about this?Recommend

  • Amir
    Mar 29, 2017 - 10:58PM

    Donald trump just got elected. The 19 year old came back more than year ago?

    US Citizen should be returnedRecommend

  • Adil
    Mar 30, 2017 - 9:48PM

    The American courts are trigger happy so are the jurors. If he is tried in New York … he is a dead man. Very DEAD. Guilty or not he will be found guilty and sent to solitary confinement for rest of his life.Recommend

  • David Salmon
    Apr 8, 2017 - 2:07AM

    What interest does the IHC have in protecting a US national from prosecution?

    Yes, it must protect the defendant’s right to due process. When all is said and done, however, if the foreign court requests extradition of its own citizen to stand trial, and no injustice will be done by agreement, a Pakistan court should permit extradition.

    The same is true were the shoe on the other foot.

    American courts carefully administer justice. He will have his own attorney and receive all the rights of an American citizen.

    What more can a reasonable person ask, given the state of justice in most of the world?Recommend

  • Ch. K. A. Nye
    Apr 9, 2017 - 1:14PM

    @Adil:

    You’ve been watching far too much TV Adil sb. Do try and keep up with facts instead of fantasy.Recommend

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