Agha Jan MutasimThe Afghan High Peace Council (HPC) officials have confirmed that United Arab Emirates (UAE) has lifted restrictions on former Taliban leader Agha Jan Mutasim.

Deputy High Peace Council (HPC) Chief, Qazi Mohammad Amin Waqad said UAE officials have lifted restrictions on Agha Jan Mutasim and he is now free.

Mr. Waqad further added that Mutasim was under home confinement in Dubai and his phone was also deactivated.

He said President Hamid Karzai had personally called the UAE officials for the freedom of Agha Jan Mutasim, who was likely held due to some problems in his passport.

Waqad said the Afghan High Peace Council is in contact with the former Taliban leader.

Agha Jan Mutasim was the finance minister during the Taliban regime and was the political head of Taliban’s Quetta Council after the regime was ousted following the US-led invasion in 2001.

Mutasim survived an assassination attempt in Karachi city of Pakistan in August 2011.

He met with the senior members of the Afghan high peace council (HPC) in Dubai last month and was due to meet with the Afghan peace delegation in the near future in UAE.

Mutasim had agreed to hold more talks to push the peace process and to break more Taliban leaders from the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

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    Ahmad Shah Ghani Zada is the former Senior Editor of Khaama Press Agency who managed and overlooked the English edition. He is occasionally contributing stories to the agency.