Pakistan agrees to consult Afghan Peace Council before freeing Taliban prisoners

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 09, 2013 08:18 hrs

Islamabad: Pakistan has agreed to consult Afghan High Peace Council in the release of remaining Taliban detainees.

The Pakistani authorities would consult the council through a new coordination mechanism being set up before setting more Taliban prisoners free.

Pakistan and Afghanistan had agreed on the coordination mechanism for release of Taliban fighters and commanders detained in Pakistan, during the Chequers Summit in London earlier this week.

At the summit it was agreed to institute "arrangements to strengthen coordination of Taliban detainee releases from Pakistani custody in support of the peace and reconciliation process".

According to the Dawn, Pakistan has so far released 26 Taliban in at least two batches, which included some high-profile Afghan commanders and political leadership of the Taliban regime.

Islamabad had earlier decided in principle to release all Taliban who had been in detention in Pakistan.

The number of Afghan Taliban detained in Pakistani jails is not clear, but they include several high-profile prisoners including Mullah Baradar, the former deputy chief of Taliban.

Release of Mullah Baradar has been a major demand of the Afghan government and the High Peace Council, the report said. (ANI)

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