Pakistan frees three senior Afghan Taliban leaders

The number of freed Afghan Taliban since November has now crossed fifty.

Tahir Khan November 26, 2013
The number of freed Afghan Taliban since November has now crossed fifty. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has released three more senior Afghan Taliban leaders, official sources said late Tuesday.

"Yes three more Afghan Taliban leaders have been released," an official source told The Express Tribune on condition of anonymity.

"This is an ongoing process as part of efforts to facilitate reconciliation," the source said.

Another identified the freed Taliban to be Mullah Abdul Ahad Jahangirwal, a former adviser of Mullah Omar, Mullah Abdul Manan, a former Taliban governor in Helmand and Mullah Younus, a former military commander.

The release came just few days after the government-backed peace negotiators visited Pakistan and met the senior Taliban leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

"These are very important personalities," a Taliban leader told The Express Tribune when asked about the men.

Pakistan has also quietly freed ten other low-key Taliban detainees over the past few weeks, the Afghan Taliban claimed.

The number of freed Afghan Taliban since November has now crossed fifty.

Those quietly freed include Azeem Agha, former head of Kandahar Passport office, Muhammad Amin (Uruzgan), Sardar (Kandahar), Nematullah (Kandahar), Inamullah (Nangarahar), Janat gul (Baghlan), Adam Khan (Kandahar), Salahuddin (Khost), Syed Mehmood (Nangarhar), Engineer Mehmood (Nangarahar) and Hayatullah.

In September, Pakistan had released senior Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. While Pakistan says Baradar has been released, the Taliban claim that their former commander remains under house arrest and has not returned to his family.

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Zalmai | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

@ Bakhtyar Ghazi Khan

I am an Afghan Pashtun, you simpleton. I am not offended that you called me a Hindu because they are God's children too and at one point our forefathers were also Hindus.

However, I am offended at the fact that you think that only Pakistani Pashtuns reserve the right to comment om Pashtuns and issues related to them. You seem to forget that Pashtun kings, emperors and heroes all hailed from Afghanistan not Pakistan.

Za Pashtun yama aw der wiar kawam chi za yaw piawarai, shahghalai, turyalai, walar aw nangyalai Zalmai yama. If you speak Pashto then you will understand that I just defined the word Pashtun for you, but I doubt you know the language or culture of Pashtuns.

ET mods please allow my post, I have not written anything offensive in response to a personal attack and an insult to religion.

Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

@Zalmai: Hindu, don't talk about Pukhtoon people. I am Pukhtoon and a proud Pakistani. We love Pakistan, it is our country. 75% of the world Pukhtoon population is Pakistani. We are proud of Pakistan Frontier Corps and Army for fighting terrorists from India and Afghanistans who attack Pukhtoons in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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