Pak denies arrest of close aide of top Taliban commander
Lahore: Pakistani authorities on Thursday dismissed a claim by the Governor of Afghanistan`s Kunduz province that a close aide of top Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar had been arrested in Punjab province.
The Afghan official had claimed that Mullah Abdul Salam had been arrested in Faisalabad, located 100 km from here.
Salam was a "shadow governor" of the Taliban who was reportedly in charge of raising funds, imposing Islamic law, collecting taxes and running Shariah courts.
"Neither police nor intelligence agencies have arrested any Taliban commander by the name of Mullah Abdul Salam," regional police chief Mohammad Tahir said.
He also denied the presence of the FBI in Faisalabad. There were reports about the Taliban shadow governor`s arrest after Pakistani authorities confirmed the capture of Mullah Baradar, the deputy of supreme Taliban commander Mullah Muhammad Omar.
US officials have said Baradar was arrested in Karachi during a joint operation by Pakistani and American intelligence operatives.
There were also reports that law enforcement agencies had picked up Salam on the basis of information gleaned from Mullah Baradar.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Watch - IIT-Kharagpur develops superpower drone 'BHIM' that could aid soldiers in war zones
- Anti-Romeo squad launched: Has moral policing started in UP?
- Jharkhand: Congress leader, 3 others killed in shootout in Dhanbad
- CM Yogi’s cleanliness drive: UP cops clean up police stations
- Do not put unnecessary pressure on police: PM Modi tells UP BJP MPs
- 400 Trinamool Congress members including many TMC stalwarts join BJP in Tripura
- Hukumdev Narain Yadav to be new Vice-President of India?
- Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru were hanged on 23 March 1931 – This is how PM Modi paid tribute today
- Kapil Sharma fight on flight row: Did Sunil Grover, Ali Asgar and Chandan Prabhakar skip shoot?
- Mohammad Kaif welcomes Yogi Adityanath's appointment as new Uttar Pradesh chief minister