Pakistan to release senior Taleban commander
ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan will release on Saturday its most senior Afghan Taleban detainee, Abdul Ghani Baradar, a one-time military chief often described as the insurgents' former second-in-command.
"In order to further facilitate the Afghan reconciliation process, the detained Taleban leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, would be released tomorrow," Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.
The Afghan government has long demanded that Islamabad free Baradar, whose arrest in January 2010 saw Pakistan accused of sabotaging initiatives to bring peace in war-torn Afghanistan.
Mr Sartaj Aziz, the main adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on national security and foreign affairs, had told AFP on Monday that Baradar "will be released this week, possibly in a day or two".