Iran is serious about extraditing hostage-takers from Pakistan, Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi said, adding that Tehran has already sent to Islamabad several documents proving the Iranian nationality of the criminals. By hostage-takers, Pour-Mohammadi alluded to the criminals who were arrested by the Pakistani police after taking several Iranians hostage in the southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan and fleeing to Pakistan last month. Islamabad officials returned the freed individuals to Iran a day after arresting the criminals, but they have so far shrugged off extradition of the hostage-takers.
“Iranian officials have demanded the Pakistani government to issue the required orders for the extradition of the Iranian hostage-takers,” Pour-Mohammadi told reporters Monday night, adding, “The required documents showing the real identity and Iranian citizenship of the hostage-takers have been dispatched to the Pakistani officials.”
He said that Islamabad is doing the legal formalities for the extradition of Iranian criminals, and expressed the hope that the Pakistani government would take the required measures as soon as possible.