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Tajikistan ready to extradite Afghan prisoners: MoFA

AT-KABUL: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Tuesday said that based on the extradition treaty signed in 2006, Tajikistan would transfer the Afghan inmates to Kabul soon.

Spokesman of the ministry, Ahmad Shekib Mostaghni, told media persons that Afghan delegation has finalized the process of identifying Afghan prisoners and would be shifted from Tajikistan to Afghan prisons in the near future.

He said that based on the extradition treaty signed between the two countries, the delegation left for Dushanbe in 2013 to identify Afghans languishing in Tajikistan’s prisons and extradite them. “During the visit, the Afghan delegation identified 81 prisoners. Thirty-one of them were transferred to Kabul while efforts are underway to extradite the remaining 51 in the near future,” the spokesman said.

Mostaghni said that Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan assured the Afghanistan’s ambassador in Dushanbe of full cooperation and said they are fully prepared to hand over the inmates to Afghan authorities.

Currently, 100 Afghans are behind bars in Tajikistan. Steps had been taken to extradite them. Till date, 255 Afghan prisoners have been shifted from Tajikistan to Afghanistan. Eight Tajik inmates were transferred to Dushanbe in 2010, he added.

Regarding sacking of the 11 ambassadors, the spokesman objected over the term “sacking”, and said the ambassadors have completed their 40 years of service and were overage. “They were not sacked but retired.”

He said that 24 diplomats including the eleven ambassadors were at the age to be retired.

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