The Pakistani government has asked Afghanistan to hand over the captured leader of the Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP), an affiliation of the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.
“The Afghan ambassador to Pakistan was summoned to the Foreign Ministry and expressed Pakistan’s views” regarding Aslam Farooqi’s arrest, the ministry said in a statement. statement on April 9.
During the meeting, the Afghan envoy was told that Farooqi “must be submitted to Pakistan for further investigation” because he was involved in “anti-Pakistani activities in Afghanistan,” he said.
The statement said that the two countries “must coordinate actions against the threat of terrorism.”
Afghan officials say Farooqi, whose real name is Abdullah Orakzai, was arrested in Kandahar Province on April 4. He became the leader of the ISKP in July 2019.
The group claims responsibility for attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan that have killed dozens of civilians.
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