Pakistan may release senior Taliban leader Mullah Baradar
By Sajad - Fri Nov 16 2012, 1:55 pm
Afghan and Pakistani officials have said that they will free jailed Taliban group members in a bid to help accelerate the peace negotiations in Afghanistan.
A senior Afghan government official who attended the peace talks between Kabul and Islamabad said Pakistan has vowed to release Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar along with the other Taliban group members if their freedom helps Afghan peace tlaks.
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was arrested by Pakistani security forces two years ago. He is believed to be a senior Taliban leader and was involved in secret peace talks with the Afghan government before he was arrested.
The Afghan government emphasizes for the freedom of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar despite the Pakistani government freed a number of Taliban detainees from the Pakistani jails during the past two days.
In the meantime a senior Pakistan Foreign Office official speaking on the condition of anonymity said Pakistan may consider to release Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar if the freedom of the other Taliban commanders proves to help the Afghan peace talks.
Afghan high peace council officials believe that their recent visit from Pakistan was positive and will have good impact on peace negotiations.
The Afghan peace delegation returned back to Kabul on Thursday after encouraging Pakistan to free the Taliban detainees during their 3 days visit.
Pakistan agreed to free 13 Taliban group members and according to reports the government of Pakistan is also under the pressure to free the senior Taliban grouop members.
The freedom of the Taliban detainees was agreed following the visit of the Afghan high peace council chief Salahuddin Rabbani who met with the Pakistani president and prime minister.
Afghan presidential palace spokesman Aimal Faizi on Thursday also welcomed the decision by Pakistan to free the Taliban detainees and said the Afghan government is hopeful that the move by Islamabad will have positive impact on Afghan peace talks.
Washington, main Afghan government oppositions and Afghan people also welcomed the freedom of the Taliban detainees by Pakkistan.