Pakistan to set free Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 20:20

Zee Media Bureau

Islamabad: A day after Pakistan said that it is considering to transfer Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the former deputy commander of the Afghan Taliban, to either Saudi Arabia or Turkey, reports are coming that the Taliban leader will soon be a free man.

According to BBC, Pakistan has decided to release Baradar in an effort to help the reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

Baradar, whose release Kabul has been seeking since he was arrested in Karachi in 2010, could lead the peace talks with President Hamid Karzai government`s High peace Council.
Over the last few months, Islamabad, Kabul and Washington have been quietly discussing the fate of Mullah Baradar - who was once considered the most influential Taliban leader after Mullah Muhammad Omar, the Express Tribune quoted a senior unnamed official as saying.
Baradar is one of the four insurgents who founded the Taliban movement and was the day-to-day commander responsible for leading the militant campaign against US and Nato troops until his capture in 2010 in Karachi by a joint team of CIA and Pakistani intelligence officers.

First Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 19:34

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