Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Pakistan frees Taliban prisoners

The move comes less than two weeks after Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited Pakistan to discuss the peace negotiations
The move comes less than two weeks after Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited Pakistan to discuss the peace negotiations

Pakistan is freeing seven more Taliban prisoners to facilitate a peace process aimed at reaching a political resolution to the war in neighbouring Afghanistan.

The statement by the Foreign Ministry did not make clear if the releases had already happened or were in the process of happening. Some 26 other Taliban detainees were freed last year.

Pakistan did not give any details. It is not clear why Islamabad, which has historic ties with the Afghan Taliban but which is fighting its own branch of the militant movement, had arrested the men originally.

The move comes less than two weeks after Afghan President Hamid Karzai visited Pakistan to discuss the peace negotiations. Kabul wants Pakistan to help with the process.

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