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Pakistan Open To Taliban 'Extradition Request'

Pakistan has said it would examine a request from the Afghan government to hand over a top Taliban commander in its custody, but also said he could be put on trial in Pakistan.

The Afghan government earlier today said Afghanistan and Pakistan had reached agreement "in principle" on the extradition of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

Baradar, second only to Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, was captured in Karachi earlier this month.

Pakistan's Interior Ministry said in a statement the request of the Afghan authorities will be examined "according to the law, and if Mullah Baradar has committed any crime in Pakistan, he will first be tried in Pakistan."

compiled from agency reports