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Taliban leader 'still detained'

The Afghan Taliban has said that Pakistan is keeping the group's former deputy leader under detention despite the announcement of his release.

The Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, also claimed on the group's website today that the health of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was deteriorating.

Pakistani officials are denying the Taliban claim, saying Baradar is free but living under tight security for his own safety. They announced on September 21 that he had been released.

Many Pakistani and Afghan officials hoped his release would aid the struggling peace process in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Baradar was arrested in a joint CIA operation in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi in 2010.

AP

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