Kabul welcomes imminent release of Taleban commander
KABUL (AFP) - The Afghan government on Friday welcomed Pakistan's announcement that Taleban prisoner Abdul Ghani Baradar would be freed shortly, saying the move would help peace efforts after 12 years of war.
Baradar, often described as the Taleban's former second-in-command, will be released on Saturday, Pakistan's foreign ministry in Islamabad said in a statement.
"We welcome that this step is being taken," Aimal Faizi, spokesman for Afghan president Hamid Karzai told AFP. "We believe this will help the Afghan peace process.
"This is something we have been calling for for a long time. It was on the agenda when the president visited Pakistan, so we are pleased."