AGL 24.25 Increased By ▲ 1.31 (5.71%)
AIRLINK 110.99 Decreased By ▼ -0.30 (-0.27%)
BOP 5.33 Increased By ▲ 0.08 (1.52%)
CNERGY 3.70 Decreased By ▼ -0.02 (-0.54%)
DCL 8.13 Increased By ▲ 0.14 (1.75%)
DFML 44.24 Increased By ▲ 3.97 (9.86%)
DGKC 88.70 Increased By ▲ 0.70 (0.8%)
FCCL 22.15 Increased By ▲ 0.16 (0.73%)
FFBL 42.45 Increased By ▲ 0.25 (0.59%)
FFL 8.93 Increased By ▲ 0.38 (4.44%)
HUBC 152.79 Decreased By ▼ -0.50 (-0.33%)
HUMNL 10.55 Increased By ▲ 0.10 (0.96%)
KEL 4.48 Decreased By ▼ -0.02 (-0.44%)
KOSM 3.97 Increased By ▲ 0.12 (3.12%)
MLCF 36.90 Increased By ▲ 0.10 (0.27%)
NBP 48.48 Increased By ▲ 0.49 (1.02%)
OGDC 132.80 Increased By ▲ 1.00 (0.76%)
PAEL 26.40 Increased By ▲ 0.25 (0.96%)
PIBTL 6.04 Increased By ▲ 0.01 (0.17%)
PPL 116.25 Increased By ▲ 0.75 (0.65%)
PRL 22.85 Increased By ▲ 0.25 (1.11%)
PTC 12.85 Increased By ▲ 0.27 (2.15%)
SEARL 56.35 Increased By ▲ 0.66 (1.19%)
TELE 7.44 Increased By ▲ 0.24 (3.33%)
TOMCL 38.30 Increased By ▲ 1.30 (3.51%)
TPLP 8.06 Increased By ▲ 0.21 (2.68%)
TREET 15.37 Increased By ▲ 0.07 (0.46%)
TRG 59.96 Increased By ▲ 5.41 (9.92%)
UNITY 31.69 Decreased By ▼ -0.17 (-0.53%)
WTL 1.18 Increased By ▲ 0.01 (0.85%)
BR100 8,434 Increased By 89.6 (1.07%)
BR30 26,569 Increased By 222 (0.84%)
KSE100 79,688 Increased By 700.7 (0.89%)
KSE30 25,601 Increased By 236.1 (0.93%)

OSLO: Pakistan has extradited to Norway a known suspected of masterminding an Oslo shooting on the eve of the 2022 Pride festival, Norwegian authorities said on Friday.

On the night of June 25, 2022, just hours before the Pride parade was to take place, a man opened fire outside two bars in central Oslo, including a well-known gay club, killing two men and wounding nine others.

The suspected shooter, Zaniar Matapour, a 44-year-old Norwegian of Iranian origin, is currently on trial accused of an “act of terror”.

Matapour has pleaded not guilty, and psychiatric experts are at odds over his mental health and thereby his legal responsibility.

Arfan Bhatti, a 46-year-old Islamist who has lived and is well known in Norway, is suspected of having planned the attack but left Norway for Pakistan before the shooting.

Even though Norway and Pakistan have no agreement on extraditions, Pakistani authorities agreed to grant Oslo’s request.

“Arfan Bhatti is now on a plane escorted by Norwegian police,” Norway’s Justice Minister Emilie Enger Mehl told reporters on Friday.

Bhatti, who denies any involvement and had opposed extradition, will be placed in custody on arrival in Oslo, Norwegian police said.

He is suspected of being an “accomplice to an aggravated act of terror”, a charge that carries a prison sentence of up to 30 years.

Bhatti is expected to be called to testify during Matapour’s trial, police said.

Bhatti’s lawyer was angry that his client was extradited before Pakistan’s supreme court had a chance to rule on his case.

“This way of doing things calls into question the respect of law and international legal principles,” John Christian Elden said.

Comments

Comments are closed.