ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan on Saturday released from prison the former No. 2 leader of the Afghan Taliban, a man Afghanistan leaders believe could nudge militants to the bargaining table to help foster a political solution after more than a decade of war.
The release of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, reportedly captured in a joint Pakistan-
“We believe that his release will help the Afghan peace process,” said Aimal Faizy, spokesman for Afghan President
Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Chaudhry said Baradar's release was an effort by Pakistan to facilitate the Afghan reconciliation process. But some analysts question whether this will provide the breakthrough Kabul wants.
Meanwhile on Saturday, three
In keeping with coalition policy, the nationality of the troops and attack details were not immediately available.