The Afghan Taliban on Wednesday claimed their former deputy chief Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has not been freed by authorities here, prompting a denial from Pakistani officials who said he was free to "meet and contact anyone".
Noting that Pakistan has recently arrested only those militants who have crossed the red line set by it, a US-based strategic think-tank has said that these arrests do not necessarily indicate any kind of shift in Pak`s strategy.
After lauding Pakistan for nabbing Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the international community has now started raising questions over Islamabad’s sudden change of tactics and motives behind arresting the top extremist leader.
The US is pushing for the transfer
of captured Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar to an America-run prison in Afghanistan, apparently frustrated by
his silence during interrogation by Pakistani investigators.
Pakistan’s decision to arrest Taliban`s No 2 man, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and others, was motivated by a fear of losing influence in peace overtures between the United States and the Afghan Taliban, the CSM claims in a report.
The White House called the capture of a top Taliban military commander "a big success" on Wednesday and said commanders reported a major offensive against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan was going well.