Pakistan has not released Mullah Baradar, says Afghan Taliban

Baradar is seen as the key to restarting peace talks with the Afghan Taliban. (File photo: Reuters)

The Afghan Taliban said on Wednesday that Pakistan has not freed Mullah Baradar, founder of the Afghan Taliban and its former military commander.

Baradar, whose health is deteriorating rapidly, is seen by many in Afghanistan as the key to restarting peace talks with the Afghan Taliban.

“Unfortunately he still spends his days and nights in prison, and his health condition in worrying. It is getting worse day by day," said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

Following the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Baradar emerged as the main day-to-day commander responsible for leading the campaign against foreign forces.

Baradar is alleged to have once been a close friend of the reclusive Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, who gave him his nom de guerre, “Baradar,” meaning “brother.”
 

(With Reuters)

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