Pak says can't force freed Taliban insurgents to negotiate with Afghan government

Islamabad, Jan. 21 (ANI): Pakistan has said it cannot push the freed Afghan Taliban prisoners to negotiate with the Afghan government.

This comes a day after Afghan officials insisted that prisoners should be released with the consent of the Afghan authorities so that they could not rejoin insurgents, reports The Express Tribune.

Pakistan has freed 26 Afghan Taliban prisoners, including an influential former minister, several ex-governors and top commanders, over the past two months to push the much-required reconciliation process forward.

However, now the Afghan government views Pakistan's release of the Taliban as an 'incomplete' process as they do not know about their locations.

A senior member of the Afghan Peace Council, Ismael Qasemyar said there should be a joint Afghan-Pakistan mechanism to "assess the role of the freed Taliban in the possible dialogue process" as the freed Taliban include some important leaders like former Taliban minister, Mulla Noor-ud-Din Turabi.

Qasemyar said the release of the Taliban should be coordinated with the peace council and information about their locations shared. (ANI)


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