Pakistan releases senior Taleban commander: Official
ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan on Saturday released its most senior Afghan Taleban detainee, Abdul Ghani Baradar, a senior official of the Interior Ministry told AFP, in a move Kabul hopes will encourage peace talks with the insurgents.
"Yes Baradar has been released," Mr Omar Hamid, a spokesman for Interior Ministry, told AFP, without elaborating.
Abdul Ghani Baradar, a one-time military chief often described as the insurgents' former second-in-command, was the most high-profile detained Taleban commander in Pakistan.
Pakistan's Foreign Ministry on Friday said that Baradar's release will facilitate Afghanistan's reconciliation process with the Taleban as a Nato combat mission there winds down.