Afghanistan has been pushing Pakistan to release Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, whose release they believe would prove fruitful in negotiations with Taliban militants. – File Photo
Afghanistan has been pushing Pakistan to release Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, whose release they believe would prove fruitful in negotiations with Taliban militants. – File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s foreign policy chief, Sartaj Aziz Monday said the key Taliban prisoner detained in Pakistan, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was likely to be released in the next day or two.

Baradar, however, will not be handed over to authorities in Afghanistan, the advisor on foreign affairs to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif added while talking exclusively to Dawn.com.

Aziz earlier last week had said the former Taliban second-in-command could be released as soon as this month to help advance peace efforts in neighbouring Afghanistan,

He told Dawn.com that handing over the key Taliban commander to Afghanistan will sabotage the purpose behind the decision of releasing him.

“Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar will be freed into Pakistan and he will remain in the country until he decides himself to move anywhere he deems necessary to initiate the peace process.”

Citing security reasons, the foreign adviser did not elaborate on the specific date and time of the potential release.

Baradar is one of the four men who founded the Taliban movement in 1994, and is believed to be a close aide and one of the most trusted commanders of Mullah Mohammad Omar, the spiritual leader of the Taliban. He was captured from the port city of Karachi in February, 2010.

Afghanistan has been pushing Pakistan to release Baradar, whose release they believe would prove fruitful in negotiations with Taliban militants prior to the withdrawal of US and Nato forces from the war-torn nation.

Updated Sep 16, 2013 08:50pm

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Mohammad
Sep 16, 2013 09:28pm

Hopefully Afghanistan will be more peaceful if these talks succeed. You guys better give it a shot.

NASAH (USA)
Sep 16, 2013 10:24pm

Baradar will be released to HELP another bradar Hakeemullah to bring peace in Fata by IED.

mohammad danishda
Sep 16, 2013 10:42pm

its most alarming situation from when the pmln government came into the power. why these terrorists going to be released?? we are not enough to confront them ? where is our judiciary?? where is the chief justice who is silting in the supreme authority?? and the last but not the least our leader janab nawaz sharrif ? shame shame shame.. kill these men shoot them and sentence them.. proud of Pakistan army

nadeem
Sep 16, 2013 11:14pm

Besides this Mullah It would be worthwhile to handover few ministers and politicians to the Talibans.

Imran A.
Sep 17, 2013 01:12am

One word he should tell Mullah Omar. The prophet PBUH said "End of time, people will know why they are being killed and those killing will not know why they are killing". So if Mullah Omar has any respect for the prophet, he will refrain from killing and live peacefully. If he does not, dajjal will engulf him and all his followers to their sad demise.

shah
Sep 17, 2013 04:39am

sure ... why not... apparently what happened yesterday was a rumour, right? right !!!

this Govt. is more hopeless than the previous Govt. when it comes to dealing with the fanatics and the signs are already showing ... good luck saving anything !!!

ali abbas
Sep 17, 2013 07:13pm

While Talibans are busy killing innocent Pakistanis, our Govt is busy appeasing Talibans and incompetant Aghan govt. Way to go.

Tariq Mahmood
Sep 17, 2013 08:57pm

Hang this man.

Anyone who signs his release papers should be prepared to face the courts- be it the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Karachi Wala
Sep 17, 2013 09:24pm

While Mullah Bradar and his other brothers are being released by PML-N govt. with the backing of PTI and other Pakistani politcical Mullahs, I would like to make following suggestion.

The leaders and their families be held responsible and should be severely punished if these "so called" talks with their loved one failed and Taliban continue their terrist acts.

Just Someone
Sep 17, 2013 09:39pm

TTP kills a major general and we release their prisoner. All the effort put by the police and the security agencies and all the risks that they put their lives in going to waste. Will those who arrested this man be motivated enough to arrest this man (or someone like him) if required the next time round.

What is going on?