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Friday
Feb222013

Pakistanis Wants Afghans to Return Taliban Commander

George Doyle/Thinkstock(ISLAMABAD) -- Pakistan wants Afghanistan to hand over a senior Taliban commander its forces apprehended earlier in this week.

The capture of Maulvi Faqir Mohammad along with some bodyguards in southeastern Afghanistan is considered a major coup.  Mohammad regularly plotted against Pakistani security forces from his base near the Afghan border.

On Thursday, the Pakistani foreign office said it wants the Afghan government to return Mohammad and all other terrorists with Pakistani ties back to Islamabad where they would be tried for crimes against their countrymen.

Pakistan supports the capture of Taliban members who stray over into Afghan territory while stressing its support for an overall reconciliation process that both sides believe will be necessary once the U.S. and its coalition allies withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio