ISLAMABAD The tripartite meeting of the US, Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday decided to establish 4 joint task forces pertaining to anti-terrorism, anti-narcotics, legal and prosecution affairs and border management. Federal Minister for Interior, Rehman Malik, informed this while addressing a joint press conference with his Afghan counterpart Muhammad Hanif Atmar after a tripartite meeting held in the Ministry of Interior. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert S Mueller also attended the meeting. Answering a question about handing over of Mullah Baradar to Afghan authorities, Rehman Malik said that he had received a request from Afghanistan that day (Wednesday) and it would be examined thoroughly. Pakistan will hand over detained top Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar to the Afghan government, Malik said. Malik added it was decided to hand over the arrested Taliban second-in-command to Afghan authorities. However, the Interior Ministry on late Wednesday night while clarifying the issue of handing over of Afghan Talibans top commander Mullah Baradar to Afghanistan has said that there is no formal request received from Afghan authorities for giving the custody of Mullah Baradar to Afghanistan. Pakistan will make legal scrutiny and also investigate the criminal acts done by Mullah Baradar including his illegal entry into Pakistan. The press release further said that the request of Afghan authorities would be examined according to the law and if Mullah Baradar had committed any crime inside Pakistan, he would be first tried in Pakistan. In the joint press conference, Rehman Malik said, We have taken all the issues in the tripartite session relating to terrorism, drug trafficking and human trafficking that irritated us a lot. He further said that negotiations were underway with Afghanistan to devise modus operandi for exchange of prisoners and settle immigration issues between each other, as the two countries were working as frontline states in the war against terrorism. The Interior Minister while appreciating the efforts of Afghan government in the repatriation of elder son of Dr Aafia said that it would show the same spirit for the recovery of her two other missing children. The destabilisation of Pakistan and Afghanistan would not be in the interest of any one country but a potential threat for the whole region, he added. Muhammad Hanif Atmar, Interior Minister for Afghanistan, while addressing the joint press conference said that both the countries would cooperate with each other in identifying, arresting and bringing into justice the most wanted criminals and terrorists of both sides. He said that Pakistani government had done excellent work in the arrest of most-wanted criminals and extensive discussions were underway on a number of issues at the level of interior ministries of both the countries, adding that they had reached a consensus on many subjects of mutual interest. To a query about the presence of Pakistani prisoners in Afghan jails, he assured that no Pakistani would be detained without due process of law while Rehman Malik added that they were sharing a list of prisoners and expected good news in this regard. About the question of Pakistans offer to build up a fence across the border, he gave a vague answer saying that the security forces of both the countries were working in close liaison with each other to check infiltration of both sides. Earlier during the tripartite meeting, it was agreed that Pakistan and Afghanistan would appoint respective focal persons for effective coordination in areas of mutual interests and a 'hotline communication link would be established in this regard. It was decided that the arrangements for effective border control would be formalised to check the infiltration of terrorists across it and for this, the first automated Border Control Post would be made operational in the first week of May. It was also decided that Pakistan would provide training facilities and necessary assistance to Afghanistan National Police. It was agreed that both the countries would establish more air link between each other in order to facilitate the movements between the two countries. Later, a press release issued by US Embassy said quoting Director Mueller, The tripartite session was an effective discussion, conducted in a positive and productive manner and focused on our shared concerns. The Pakistani, Afghan and American principals agreed to timelines and deadlines for their cooperation on counterterrorism and major crimes, the press release added. Agencies add: He said biometric system would be installed on the Pakistan- Afghanistan border within two months. US authorities had asked Pakistan to transfer Baradar and other wanted terrorists to America but Pakistan said they would be extradited to the country of their origin if they had not violated Pakistani law. The Minister said he held a detailed meeting with his Afghan counterpart in New York and then it was decided that another meeting would be held for discussion to find solution to several mutual problems. To a question, he said Afghan Interior Minister played an important role in recovery of one of the children of Dr Aafia Siddiqui while the Afghan government is fully cooperating for recovery of her two missing children. Afghan Interior Minister said the cooperation between the two neighbouring Islamic countries had gone beyond blame game and practical steps were being taken to flush out terrorists. He said that lives of innocent people being killed in terrorist activities were important for both the countries. Earlier during the tripartite meeting, the Interior Minister expressed firm resolve to fight terrorism in all its manifestations and recounted Pakistans contribution to fight terrorism. The sacrifices made by Pakistan in war against terrorism were duly acknowledged by the visiting dignitaries. The meeting reviewed important issues faced by the three countries and means to increase mutual cooperation in order to strengthen relations. The United States showed its willingness to support the process and build the capacity of law enforcement agencies and biometrics system along the border. Need assessment of the training facilities required by Afghanistan would be made and Pakistan offered assistance to Afghan National Police in this regard.