April 20, 2014

Freedom of Taliban prisoners vital for Afghan peace talks

By Sajad - Sat Nov 17 2012, 8:00 pm

Afghan high peace council chief Salahuddin Rabbani said the freedom of 9 Taliban detainees from Pakistan will have a positive impact on Afghan peace talks with the Taliban group.

While speaking during a press conference following his visit from Pakistan he praised the efforts by Pakistan government for the freedom of the Taliban prisoners.

He said, “This will help other individuals to participate in peace talks. Those who have been freed from the Pakistan jail are important Taliban group members who can help to accelerate Afghan peace talks.”

Mr. Rabbani did not disclose the names of the Taliban prisoners who have been released from the Pakistani jails however reports suggest that Anwar-ul-Haq Mujahid son of Mohammad Younis who has been a former Hezb-e-Islami party leader and Mullah Nooruddin Tarabi who has served as justice minister during the Taliban regime are among those freed from the jail.

In the meantime a number of political observers believe that a number of high level and mid level Taliban leaders have also been freed.

In the meantime Afghan high peace council chief Salahuddin Rabbani said the freed Taliban group members will be allowed to live either in Afghanistan, Pakistan or any other nation.

Political analysts also believe that the peace delegation from Afghanistan were looking to free Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar from the jail however Mr. Rabbani said he has not been freed from the jail so far.

According to reports Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is the second high level Taliban group member after the Taliban chief Mullah Mohammad Omer and was provincial governor for western Herat province during the Taliban regime.

Salahuddin Rabbani chief of the Afghan high peace council said the main motive behind their visit to Pakistan was to attract the support of Islamabd towards the Afghan peace talks.

He said Pakistan formally announced its support towards the Afghan peace talks in a bid to bring peace and stability in the country and in the region.

The final statement by Pakistan foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Afghan peace high peace council chief Salahuddin Rabbani was announced at the end of the Afghan peace delegation visit in Islamabad where the two sides called on Taliban group to end their ties with Al Qaeda.

The two sides also agreed to form Islamic Scholars Conference in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia or any other Islamic nation to discuss the issue of suicide bombing.

Taliban group and Haqqani Network are widely using suicide bombers both in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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