'Ex ISI chief won't be handed over to US'

  • PTI, Islamabad
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  • Updated: Dec 10, 2008 21:25 IST

Pakistan on Wednesday ruled out handing over former ISI chief Lt Gen (Retd) Hamid Gul to the US, which wants to get his name included in the UN list of individuals and organisations having terror links.

If any action is to be taken against Gul, it will be done under the Pakistani law, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told reporters in his hometown of Multan.

"Soon after our government was formed, a resolution was moved in the Security Council (for inclusion of Gul in the UN list for his alleged links with Al-Qaeda and Taliban) but we got it put on hold," he said.

Gul is a Pakistani citizen and he would not be handed over to the US, Gilani said. The resolution was never discussed and further steps would be taken by Pakistan if it was "no longer on hold", he added.

Gul, who served as the chief of the ISI during 1987-89, has offered to "present himself for inquisition" before a UN commission to clear himself of charges that he has links to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

Reports in Islamabad have said the US plans to send the names of Gul and three other Pakistanis, all said to be former top officers of the ISI, as well as some Pakistan-based terror groups to the UN Security Council for imposing sanctions against them for alleged links to terror activities.

Gul has said that he learnt about a purported US document in this regard from a journalist.

He has dismissed as a "pack of lies" the US charge of him having links with the Taliban and Al-Qaeda and asked the Pakistan government to defend him.

If Gul's name is included in the UN's sanctions list, it would lead to freezing of his assets.


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