Pakistan releases 7 Afghan Taliban detainees

Beijing, Sept. 7 (ANI): Pakistan has freed seven more Afghan Taliban detainees"to further facilitate the Afghan reconciliation process", the Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

The number of freed Taliban now reached 32.

Pakistan had started the process to release the Afghan Taliban prisoners on the request of Afghan government in November last year. "In order to further facilitate the Afghan reconciliation process, Pakistan is releasing seven Taliban detainees namely Mansoor Dadullah, Said Wali, Abdul Manan, Karim Agha, Sher Afzal, Gul Muhammad and Muhammad Zai,"the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

These releases are in addition to 26 Taliban detainees released last year, it said.

The freed Taliban figures include key commander Mansoor Dadullah, the brother of Mulla Dadullah Akhud, the Taliban senior commander who was killed by the American and British troops in southern Afghanistan in May 2007, Xinhua reports.

Mansoor Dadullah was arrested by Pakistani security forces in Balochistan in February 2008.

The Foreign Ministry's list excluded Taliban second-in-command Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was arrested in Karachi in 2010.

The Afghan government has been demanding Baradar's release since his arrest, however, Islamabad is unwilling to free him. (ANI)


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