US military confirms Pak detainees’ transfer
Acting on behalf of the Obama administration, the military said the detainees’ transfer followed consultations between the United States and Pakistan and after receiving appropriate assurances.
“The government of Afghanistan was not involved in this transfer,” said a statement from USFOR-A, which conducts a thorough case-by-case review to ensure every detainee is safely transferred in compliance with US and applicable international humanitarian law.
“In making a decision to transfer a detainee, we take into account the totality of relevant factors relating to the individual and the government that may receive him, including but not limited to any diplomatic assurances that have been provided,” it added.
Without commenting on the identities of the detainees, the military said the US government had worked closely with the government of Pakistan on the transfer.
According to Pakistani media, Former Taliban chief Latif Mehsud, who had been in US custody for some time, was transferred along with a broker.
Mehsud had been arrested along with his guards and a tribesman, named Shah Jehan, on the Pak-Afghan border by the Afghan National Army.
Dawn quoted unnamed sources as saying the militants were later snatched by US troops from the Afghan National Army.
The militant leader was handed over to Pakistan after the recent visit of President Ashraf Ghani to Islamabad.
The Pakistani authorities had been demanding the return of the arrested TTP commanders. The other two militants handed over to Pakistan have been identified as Jafar and Aziz.
Last month, Ghani visited Islamabad and held wide-ranging talks with top Pakistani leaders, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff Gen. Raheel Sharif.
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