Pakistan to release Afghan Taliban detainees

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iol news pic Mullah Baradar REUTERS File image - This picture purports to show a handcuffed and blindfolded Afghan Taliban top commander, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, shortly after his capture in Pakistan. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro

Abu Dhabi - Pakistan plans to release all Afghan Taliban prisoners still in its detention, including the group's former second-in-command, an official said on Friday, the clearest signal yet that it backs reconciliation efforts.

“The remaining detainees, we are coordinating, and they will be released subsequently,” Jalil Jilani, Pakistan's foreign secretary, said at a news conference in Abu Dhabi.

Asked if the former Taliban number 2 Mullah Baradar would be among those to be released, he said: “The aim is to release all,” without elaborating further. - Reuters

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