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November 21, 2018
The Kabul Times

Taliban top leader released from Pakistan prison

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, one of Taliban’s top leaders and commanders, has been released from a prison in Pakistan. Officials for Pakistan intelligence network have confirmed the release of Mullah Baradar.
Afghanistan High Peace Council (HPC) by welcoming the release of Mullah Baradar from Pakistan prison says his release will help strengthen the Afghan peace process. Mullah Baradar spent eight years in a prison in Pakistan.
HPC called Mullah Baradar as a key figure that can be trusted by both the Taliban group and international community.
“We welcome the released of Mullah Baradar. We want the release of any Afghan who is imprisoned in Pakistan prison,” a statement from HPC has said.
According to the media sources, Mullah Baradar was released after the intervention of Zalmay Khalilzad, US Special Representative for Afghanistan’s Reconciliation, who visited Kabul Islamabad, Riyadh and Doha this month to discuss peace talks with leaders of the respective countries.
Taliban sources have also confirmed the release of Mullah Baradar, saying that he was not released due to illness but released to play role in Afghanistan peace talks. Meanwhile, another source from the Taliban group denied to be named said it was determined that three other commanders of the group as Mullah Abdul Samad Sani, Mullah Sulaiman Agha and Mullah Mohammad Rasoul would be released from Pakistan prison.
According to Afghanistan High Peace Council (HPC), if the Taliban group shows readiness in connection with peace negotiations, there are some occasions in Afghanistan peace strategy with the help of which name of Taliban key leaders can be brought out from UN or US blacklist.
Previously, Pakistan had been asked for releasing of Taliban prisoners, but the release was not implemented due to not readiness of the Taliban group for peace talks with Afghanistan government.
Afghanistan government has accelerated serious efforts towards ending the ongoing war and maintaining peace in the country. Both the Afghan government and international community are trying to resume peace talks with the Taliban group so that lasting peace and stability maintained in the country and region.
It is worth mentioning that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, also known as Mullah Baradar Akhund or Mullah Brother, is a co-founder of the Taliban movement in Afghanistan. He was the deputy of Mullah Mohammed Omar, the founding leader of the Taliban, whose death was confirmed in October 2016. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was the Taliban’s number two and ran their insurgency until he was seized in a joint raid by the CIA and Pakistani intelligence officers in 2010.
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