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67 Pakistanis were detained at Guantanamo: Minister

world Updated: Mar 13, 2009 16:13 IST

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Sixty-seven Pakistanis were detained at Cuba's Guantanamo Bay prison managed by Central Intelligence Agency of the US following the 9/11 terror attack, a minister has informed the National Assembly.

According to a written reply submitted to the lower house of the parliament Thursday, 67 Pakistanis were taken to the Guantanamo Bay prison facility. However, as a result of the government’s efforts, so far, 62 of them had been released, Dawn News reported.

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi provided the information in response to a question asked by Tariq Mehmood Bajwa, a member of the National Assembly.

"Following the 9/11 terror strike, scores of Pakistanis were picked up by the law enforcement agencies and handed over to the US authorities and 67 of them ended up at the Guantanamo Bay," the report said.

US President Barack Obama has ordered the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp within a year.

Former president General Pervez Musharraf in his memoir "In the Line of Fire" had accepted that the Pakistani government had earned millions of rupees as bounty after handing over alleged terrorists to the US officials.