April 2002 News

No one can extradite me: Hizb chief

12 April 2002
The Times of India

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Pakistan-based militant group Hizbul Mujahideen, Saeed Salahuddin, who is among the 20 criminals and terrorists wanted by India, has said that neither Islamabad nor New Delhi has any right to decide on his extradition. Read this story in...  Hindi''India has no right to demand me from Pakistan nor Pakistan can hand me over to India as I am neither the citizen of India nor Pakistan that any of them can demand or hand over to other country,'' Salahuddin was quoted as saying by daily Nation on Friday. Hoping that he would not be extradited to India as demanded by it, Salahuddin said he was the citizen of a disputed territory and resided in Pakistan-occupied- Kashmir (PoK), which he considered as a ''liberated territory''. ''I can never be tried under Pakistani law nor can be handed over to India under it...,'' he said. ''Pakistan can not bear the loss to be caused by my handover to India as masses of Pakistan will not allow the government to do so,'' he said, adding that it would cause ''enormous disappointment'' to Kashmiris. Salahuddin also discounted reports that Osama Bin laden hid in Kashmir alleging such reports were ''malicious propaganda'' by India.


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