Pakistan releases senior Afghan Taliban leader Mansoor Dadullah
By Ghanizada - Fri Feb 21, 5:47 pm
Mansoor Dadullah is the brother of Taliban leader Mullah Dadullah, who was killed during an operation by Afghan and coalition security forces in southern Afghanistan in 2007.
Dadullah was arrested by Pakistani security forces in Blaochistan in February 2008. He was among the seven Taliban leaders who was released by Pakistan in September last year; however he was not allowed to meet his family.
A spokesman for Mansoor Dadullah, Baryalai Rehbar Mal, quoted by Pakistan’s The Express Tribune, said, “I can confirm that Mansoor Dadullah has now rejoined his family and friends and he also spoke to me on the phone.”
Mr. Rehbar Mal further added that Mansoor Dadullah is unlikely to take part in any activity as he is suffering from a kidney ailment.
The supporters of Mansoor Dadullah had reportedly launched separate groups – Shaheed Dadullah Mahaz and Fidaye Mahaz – that claimed responsibility for several attacks, including the assassination of a member of Afghan High Peace Council Arsala Rehmani Daulat.
Pakistan has so far released nearly 60 Afghan Taliban prisoners since November last year on Afghan government’s demand to help the peace process.