A team of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Sindh police, pleading repatriation of People’s Amn Committee (PAC) leader Uzair Jan Baloch from Dubai, may return empty handed as the UAE court is yet to give its verdict on his extradition.
“Normally the courts take two to six months while deciding such high profile cases but following the growing interest of Iranian government in the case as well as some other influential figures from Pakistan, there is no chance of his early extradition,” a senior of official of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) told Business Recorder on condition of anonymity.
He said the team including SSP Naveed Khawaja, Assistant Director of FIA Shehzad and some other officials was sent without getting a green signal from Dubai authorities regarding the extradition of Uzair Baloch and now they may return without accomplishing their task even after spending millions of rupees.
The official said that Iranian government is making efforts to get Uzair Baloch’s custody as according to Iranian government the accused was travelling on a fake Iranian passport and therefore, the case must also be registered and pursued in Iran. “There are also reports that Baloch was working as an agent for Iran which may be a major reason behind the interest of Iranian government,” he said.
The FIA official said that some influentials people from Pakistan did not want Baloch to be brought back to the country.
Uzair Baloch, 37, was arrested by Interpol in Muscat and taken to Dubai in December last year. Baloch escaped Pakistan soon after the Rangers launched an operation in Karachi in September 2013.
In May last year, the Sindh government sent a letter to the federal authorities seeking issuance of red warrants for Uzair and Baba Ladla. The warrants were issued for both Uzair and Baba. In December last year, Interpol arrested Uzair in Muscat and brought him to Dubai.
Baloch is wanted by Sindh police in dozens of cases. The former PPP government in May 2012 announced a bounty on ‘the most wanted criminals’ of Lyari. Uzair Baloch was one among those who carried head money of Rs2 million. But the PPP government later withdrew the notification of his head money prior to general elections of May 2013, apparently an electoral move.