LAHORE Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif on Tuesday dismissed a petition against handing over of 12 arrested Taliban leaders to any foreign country. The petitioner counsel Tariq Asad submitted as petitioner Khalid Khawaja had been killed recently ,therefore, a leader of a religious party wanted to be the new petitioner. The court, however, dismissed the plea, observing that the new petitioner should file a fresh petition. Earlier, the Chief Justice restricted the government from handing over Taliban leaders Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Mullah Abdus Salam, Mullah Kabir, Mullah Muhammad and Amir Maaviya to any foreign country till its decision on the petition in which petitioner Khalid Khawaja of Defence of Human Rights had submitted that the Taliban leaders were arrested from Pakistan by intelligence agencies and apprehended that they might be handed over to any foreign country. The petitioner argued that as Taliban leaders were Muslims and arrested from Pakistan so ,therefore, they should be prosecuted in Pakistan instead of handing them over to any foreign country. The petitioner had filed another application in this matter against handing over of Taliban Tayyab Popalzai, Abdul Qayyum Zakir, Alam Mahsood, Mohtasim Agha Jan and others.