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Khurshid writes to US for Headley, Rana extradition

PTI  New Delhi, December 01, 2012
First Published: 20:03 IST(1/12/2012) | Last Updated: 20:21 IST(1/12/2012)

External affairs minister Salman Khurshid has written to his US counterpart Hillary Clinton requesting for extradition of Pakistani-American LeT terrorist and Mumbai terror accused David Headley and his accomplice Tahawwur Hussain Rana.

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Khurshid has written the letter to Clinton for extradition of the two before their sentencing there in January, official sources said in New Delhi on Saturday.

According to sources, India is hopeful that the US would take a favourable decision on its request which was sent in the first week of November. New Delhi is awaiting a response from Washington.

During her visit in New Delhi in November, US under secretary for political affairs Wendy Sherman had said the country's request for extradition of Headley was under consideration and a decision could be taken soon.

Though, the country had limited access to 52-year-old Pakistani-American Headley, who recced the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack targets for the LeT but it has so far not been able to quiz his Pakistani-Canadian businessman friend Rana.

New Delhi's requests for access to Headley's wife Shazia Gilani, his girlfriend Portia Peter, one more female friend are also yet to be acceded by Washington.

Sources also said talks were being planned between the ministry of Hhome affairs and the US Department of Justice to discuss a series of issues, including Headley and Rana.

"Not only Headley and Rana, we are talking to the US on a number of issues very seriously," sources said.

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