Pakistan pressures Taliban for extradition of militants after deadly attack

Pakistan urged the Taliban on Wednesday to extradite militants responsible for terrorism within its borders.

Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch called for the handover of militant leaders tied to Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

The request follows a recent attack in Dera Ismail Khan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, that killed 23 Pakistani soldiers.

“Security Council members stressed the importance of prosecuting terrorists and their supporters,” Baloch said. “They urged cooperation with Pakistan in this effort.”

Baloch also demanded Afghanistan prevent its territory from being used for attacks against Pakistan.

“Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary issued a strong demarche to the Taliban’s Chargé d’affaires in Islamabad, insisting on a public denouncement of the attack,” Baloch stated.

She called for a thorough investigation and strong action against those responsible.

“The Afghan interim government must address this attack and extradite the perpetrators and TTP leadership,” Baloch added.

The recent assault on a military compound in Dera Ismail Khan left dozens wounded.