Delaying detainees’ transfer against agreement: Karzai
17 September, 2012
KABUL: The Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said delaying transfer of all detainees to the Afghan side was against the agreement inked between the two countries.
The president said this in a meeting with the US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Mark Grossman at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Sunday .
The president stressed shifting of 600 detainees to the Afghan side who are still under the control of American forces, the press release stated.
The president said delaying the transfer of detainees to the Afghan side from September 09 was in defiance with the agreement between Afghanistan and America, adding keeping Afghans in detention by the Americans was not in accordance with the friendship and strategic pact between the two countries.
The president said Afghans considered the issue of prisoners connected with the national sovereignty of the country, adding the issue of national sovereignty had been repeatedly discussed in the US-Afghan strategic pact.
Both the leaders also discussed the peace process and the role of Pakistan in this regard, the press release said.
It's pertinent to mention here that the US handed over Bagram prison to Afghan side on September 10, this year.
About 3000 prisoners have been kept at this prison. However, Afghan officials say about 600 prisoners were still under the control of Americans.