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Pakistan frees four Afghan Taliban leaders

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 09:43

Islamabad: Pakistan has freed four senior Taliban leaders, including a former justice minister, at the request of the Afghan government.

Ex-Taliban justice minister Mullah Nuroddin Turabi was among those released Monday, a senior official of the Pakistani foreign ministry said, requesting anonymity.

The move is expected to help build momentum to the Afghan peace process.

Former Taliban communications minister Allah Dad, ex-governor of Helmand province Mullah Abdul Bari and former Taliban guard Muhammad Azeem were also released, Xinhua reported.

Pakistan had freed 13 other Taliban militants last month.


First Published: Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 09:43
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