According to the Taliban authorities, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reportedly pardoned 12 Afghan nationals, releasing them from prison, who then returned to Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.
Taliban-run, state-controlled Bakhtar News Agency reported on Saturday that the Taliban Deputy Prime Minister, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, visited the prisoners who recently returned to Kabul.
According to a statement made by his office, Mullah Baradar told them in a meeting that he was pleased they had been released and promised to provide them employment opportunities in the country.
On Saturday, August 6, the Office of the Deputy of the Taliban Prime Minister tweeted that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar’s recent visit to the UAE resulted in the release of 12 prisoners.
The incarcerated Afghans who had recently been released extended gratitude to the Taliban official for arranging their release.
Who they are, why they were imprisoned in the UAE, and how long they were there are several questions remaining unanswered.
A Taliban member was recently freed from Guantanamo prison after the group had previously attempted to get their members released from international prison facilities.
Some other countries have prisons holding Taliban prisoners, and the UN security services are on the lookout for some of their senior leaders.