8 Sep 2013

Afghan Taliban prisoners released by Pakistan

5:51 am on 8 September 2013

Pakistan has released seven Afghan Taliban prisoners, in a move intended improve the relationship between the two countries.

A statement issued by the foreign ministry they were being freed to facilitate the peace process in Afghanistan.

The statement named those freed on Saturday as: Mansoor Dadullah, Said Wali, Abdul Manan, Karim Agha, Sher Afzal, Gul Muhammad and Muhammad Zai.

The BBC reports Mansoor Dadullah served as the Taliban military commander in four provinces in southern Afghanistan until he was captured in February 2008.

He had succeeded his brother, Mullah Dadullah, who was killed in May, 2007, but was sacked by the Taliban leadership later that year for for disobeying orders.

Some 26 Taliban detainees have been freed during the past year.

A foreign ministry spokesman told the BBC the latest prisoners were released in Pakistan and not delivered into the custody of the Afghans as Kabul would prefer.