Pakistan to release Mullah Baradar, other Afghan Taliban detainees

Published: January 18, 2013
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A file photo of Mullah Baradar. PHOTO: NYT/FILE

A file photo of Mullah Baradar. PHOTO: NYT/FILE

ABU DHABI: Pakistan plans to release all Afghan Taliban prisoners still in its detention, including the group’s former second-in-command Mullah Baradar, Pakistan’s foreign secretary Jalil Jilani said on Friday, the clearest signal yet that it backs reconciliation efforts.

“The remaining detainees, we are coordinating, and they will be released subsequently,” Jilani said at a news conference in Abu Dhabi.

Asked if the former Taliban number 2 Baradar would be among those to be released, he said: “The aim is to release all,” without elaborating further.

Pakistan, in a bid to support peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan and answering requests of the Afghan government and the high peace council, agreed to release a number of high profile Taliban detainees in November 2012.

Pakistan released around 26 Taliban leaders since then.

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  • Osman
    Jan 18, 2013 - 8:39PM

    Imran Khan was right!

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  • tehreem
    Jan 18, 2013 - 8:46PM

    so we are back to square one!! what about all the lives lost in these 10 years in the name of “war on terror”? is blood so cheap?Recommend

  • saif
    Jan 18, 2013 - 8:58PM

    welldone… but why all you fought last 12 years costing bilions of $ and millions of lives?? and still if you release them to stabilize afghanistan than what you are afraid of to negotiate to people on pak side of border??/

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  • Asad
    Jan 18, 2013 - 9:06PM

    release them and then what? not worth trusting them… not at all…

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  • Sid
    Jan 18, 2013 - 9:06PM

    Good.. Now they can blow up more stuff..

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  • joker777
    Jan 18, 2013 - 9:28PM

    seriously??? i mean these taliban are killing us every single day… and we are out there releasing them left right and center .. do our lawmakers even think before they make these kind of absurd judgements??

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  • LOK
    Jan 18, 2013 - 9:35PM

    Big mistake…

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  • Zalmai
    Jan 18, 2013 - 11:43PM

    This latest move by the establishment proves that Pakistan will sell their allies and enemies for a price. Musharraf sold them to the Americans when the gauntlet came down on him and now they are selling them once again.

    Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef said this about the ISI in his book, My Life With The Taliban when he was being handed over to US authorities by the ISI.
    “In the twenty-first century there aren’t many places left where you can still buy and sell people, but Pakistan remains a hub for this trade.”

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  • Salem
    Jan 19, 2013 - 12:06AM

    Military giving signal that they are the one who decide Pakistan’s foreign policy !!! Even if it means putting Pakistan into deeper quagmire and destroy us as a nation!!

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  • Babloo
    Jan 19, 2013 - 12:37AM

    So does this mean that for last 8 years Pakistan was against reconciliation efforts ?Recommend

  • Usman786
    Jan 19, 2013 - 12:46AM

    atleast get Dr Aafia released and debt waived in return . do some good for country in 5 years

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  • Jan 19, 2013 - 1:35AM

    Will be released with the ISI security tag attached to their legs.

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  • Ricky
    Jan 19, 2013 - 1:40AM

    If we cannot convict them (the courts release them all) then how could we keep them forever? In addition most of the rightwing parties want to be soft on Taliban and call them Jihadists. Let us release them all, apologize to them and hope they would not kill another 50 thousand Pakistani civilians! The Afghan Taliban should not be our headache and their govt should deal with them. We have our own home grown KPK and Punjabi Taliban.

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  • rk ny
    Jan 19, 2013 - 5:02AM

    @Truth:
    ISI already has CIA tags attached to their legs..

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  • Queen
    Jan 19, 2013 - 9:24AM

    Pakistan should release and ensure that they do not come back to Pakistan again.

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  • us
    Jan 19, 2013 - 9:32AM

    Now our liberals will keep a mum because America wants them to be released.

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