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Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar freed from Pakistan prison

By Ghanizada - Sat Sep 21 2013, 11:52 am

Mullah BaradarAccording to reports, Pakistan has released former Taliban second-in-command Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar from prison.

This comes as Pakistan’s foreign office on Friday announced that Islamabad would release Bradar, a close aide of Taliban supreme commander Mullah Muhammad Omar, in order to further facilitate the Afghan reconciliation process.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is one of the senior members of the Taliban group, and was directly involved in the establishment of the Taliban group along with four others including Mullah Mohammad Omar.

He was arrested by Pakistani security forces in Karachi city three years back. He will be released from prison following president Hamid Karzai’s request.

The release of Mullah Baradar comes amid Afghan High Peace Council efforts for the release of key Taliban figures detained in Pakistan to expedite peace efforts ahead of US-led foreign troops drawdown from the war-stricken country.

The release of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was confirmed by officials in Pakistan’s interior affairs ministry, however, Pakistan’s foreign office officials denied the reports.

A spokesman for the Taliban group Zabiullah Mujahid also did not confirm the report and said no official confirmation regarding the release of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has been received by the group so far.

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