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Afghanistan refuses to hand over IS regional leader to Pakistan

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By: Lailuma Noori

KABUL: Aslam Farooqi, a top leader of the IS-Khurassan branch terrorist group, has been recently detained by National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel in Kandahar.

Now, the government of Pakistan is asking Afghanistan government for handing over the Daesh leader to Islamabad.

Afghanistan ministry of foreign affairs has reacted to the Pakistan demand for handing over Aslam Farooqi to Islamabad.

In statement issued by the ministry the other day said as no agreement of handing over criminals and accused existed between Afghanistan and Pakistan, Aslam Farooqi will be dealt with as per the existing laws of Afghanistan.

Pakistan foreign affairs ministry the other day by summoning Afghanistan ambassador to Islamabad demanded for handing over the Daesh leader to Islamabad.

“The government of Pakistan demanded of Afghanistan to hand over Aslam Farooqi to Islamabad,” a statement from Pakistan foreign affairs ministry said, adding that Aslam Farooqi was involved in anti-Pakistan activities. 

Meanwhile, Afghanistan ministry of foreign affairs has confirmed in the statement that they had received the request of Pakistan regarding the handing over of Aslam Farooqi.

The press release stated that Aslam Farooqi was involved in many crimes in Afghanistan and was accused of leading many operations in which several innocent Afghan citizens and security personnel were killed. 

The Afghan government did not differentiate between terrorists, the press release said, adding that all of them were treated equally as per the law. The government was determined to follow all the agreements of war on terrorism.

The Afghan foreign ministry said that Kabul and Islamabad could put joint efforts for sharing of information under the framework of Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS). 

Based on separate statement released by National Directorate of Security (NDS), Aslam Farooqi has confessed that he was widely in touch with intelligence networks in the region as well as close connection to Lashkar-e-Tyeba and Haqqani network.

Since Daesh appeared in Afghanistan, three leaders of the group as Abo Sayed, Hafiz Sayeed and Abdul Hasib have been killed one after another by Afghan security forces. The fourth leader of the group Aslam Farooqi has newly arrested by NDS personnel in Kandahar.

Daesh has still some fighters in Helmand and southern part of Nangarhar in the country’s east, but the group’s presence has considerably reduced due to continued and coordinated attacks launched by Afghan special forces and US air forces.

It is worth mentioning that Nangarhar has been once considered as the main center of the Daesh group that appeared in the province in 2014 following continued defeats in Iraq and Syria. The group fighters started their activities first in Uruzgan and later in some districts in Nangarhar, bordering Pakistan.

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