Pakistan releases seven Afghan Taliban detainees

Islamabad, Sep 7 (IANS) Pakistan has freed seven more Afghan Taliban detainees "to further facilitate the Afghan reconciliation process", the country's foreign ministry said Saturday.

A total of 32 Taliban rebels have been freed, reports Xinhua.

Pakistan had started the process to release Afghan Taliban prisoners on the request of the Afghan government in November last year.

"In order to further facilitate the Afghan reconciliation process, Pakistan is releasing seven Taliban detainees," 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 commander Mansoor Dadullah, the brother of Mulla Dadullah Akhud, the Taliban senior commander who was killed by American and British troops in southern Afghanistan in May 2007.

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

The foreign ministry's list of those released excluded Taliban second-in-command Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was arrested in Karachi in 2010.

Though the Afghan government has been demanding Baradar's release since his arrest, Islamabad is unwilling to free him.

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