1 Jan 2013

Taliban prisoners freed by Pakistan

7:30 am on 1 January 2013

Pakistan has freed Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, former justice minister for the Afghan Taliban, and three other Taliban prisoners.

Mullah Turabi was one of the most prominent members of the regime before it was ousted in late 2001. He was captured in Karachi seven years ago

The BBC reports he was renowned for sitting outside the ministry building in Kabul, keeping watch on passing crowds to see that dress codes were adhered to.

The three others freed were a former governor, a former deputy ministyer and and a former guard of Mullah Omar, the Taliban leader.

Pakistan released 13 Afghan Taliban members in November. However, former Afghan Taliban number two, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, remains in Pakistani custody.

The BBC reports dozens of other Taliban prisoners are also still detained in Pakistan.

NATO troops are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.