According to reliable sources in Islamabad, the country has entrusted two senior Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (Pakistani Taliban) commanders, Muslim Khan and Mahmoud Khan, to Kabul to enable discussions.
The two senior Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan commanders surrendered to the Afghan Taliban in the prospect of being released if Pakistani military talks succeeded with the group, according to an informed source who spoke on the condition of anonymity to Radio Azadi.
Two prominent Pakistani Taliban commanders were arrested in 2009 during a Pakistani military operation in Swat, where they were senior leaders of Mullah Fazlullah’s group.
According to the source, a Pakistani military delegation is now in Kabul, discussing with Pakistani Taliban leaders through the Afghan Taliban’s mediation.
If the Pakistani Taliban and the Pakistani military agree to a truce, Muslim Khan and Mahmoud Khan will be released, according to the source.
The Pakistani Taliban announced an extension of the ceasefire with Islamabad a few days ago in order to advance peace talks.
The Pakistani Taliban agreed to a ceasefire during the Eid holidays, which has now been extended until May 16, according to Agence France Presse.