Saturday, May 31, 2008

Pakistan will extradite US-backed terrorists to Iran

Press TV reports: Pakistan, Iran agree on Jundullah's fate

Tehran says members of the Jundullah terrorist group taken into custody in Pakistan may be extradited to Iran as early as next week.

“We are currently discussing the matter with the Pakistani government and there is a possibility that the terrorists will be turned over to Iran in the coming week,” caretaker Interior Minister, Mehdi Hashemi told reporters on Saturday.

Hashemi added that the two sides had agreed on the fate of the terrorists but had not yet set an exact date for their extradition to Iran.

Jundullah, which operates in Iran's Sistan-Baluchistan and Pakistan's Balochistan, has carried out a number of attacks against high profile Iranian targets, especially government and security officials.

The ABC news reported in 2007 that the terrorist cell has been 'secretly encouraged and advised' by American officials since 2005.

According to American intelligence sources, the US relationship with Jundullah has been arranged so that Washington provides no funding, which would require an official presidential order, to the group. (The money, no doubt, comes from Saudi Arabia and the guns and training from Israel. VS)