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Pakistan releases senior Taliban commander Mullah Baradar

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Pakistan on Saturday released its most senior Afghan Taliban detainee, Abdul Ghani Baradar, also called Mullah Baradar, as part of a move to help the peace process in war-torn neighbor Afghanistan.

“Yes Baradar has been released,” Omar Hamid, a spokesman for interior ministry told Agence France-Presse, without elaborating.

Earlier this month, Pakistan announced the release of seven senior Afghan Taliban figures.

“In order to further facilitate the Afghan reconciliation process, Pakistan is releasing seven Taliban detainees namely Mansoor Dadullah, Said Wali, Abdul Manan, Karim Agha, Sher Afzal, Gul Muhammad and Muhammad Zai,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

“These releases are in addition to 26 Taliban detainees released during the last year,” it added.

In recent weeks, Afghan government peace negotiators accompanying Afghan President Hamid Karzai called for the release of Baradar.

Afghan officials believe former detainees may talk to the Kabul government, although observers say there is little evidence those hopes have been realized, according to AFP.

(With AFP)