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By Sridhar Krishnaswami
The Bush administration has asked the Pakistan Government for the extradition of Omar Saeed Sheikh,the principal suspect in the abduction and gruesome killing of Pearl, the South Asia Bureau Chief of The Wall Street Journal. The administration, while confident that Islamabad will turn over Saeed, is saying that the process will be a little time-consuming.
The State Department has made it known that the handing over of Sheikh will be a topic of discussion between the two Governments over time and that there are a number of issues that had to be dealt with.
"They (meaning the Pakistanis) said they would examine our request and we will keep in contact with them as they formulate a response'', Mr. Boucher said. Meanwhile, the Secretary of State, Colin Powell, said the attacks of Sept 11 and the aftermath had showed the world what America was made of, besides giving the U.S. the "opportunity to lead a worldwide coalition to go after not only the perpetrators of these attacks, but to go after terrorists around the world''. Gen Powell made remarks at the launch of an exhibit, "After September 11th: Images from Ground Zero''.
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