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    36 inmates freed from Bagram jail

    LASHKARGAH (PAN): Thirty-six prisoners from southern provinces have been released from the US-run Bagram prison in central Parwan province, officials said on Sunday.

    Kabul was trying to take control of all prisons across the country, a defence ministry official, Gen. Marjan, told a ceremony in Lashkargah, the capital of Helmand.

    Urging the released men to help the government improve the security situation, he promised the process of trial and release prisoners would continue.

    Governor Mohammad Naeem asked the men to convey peace messages to their families and participate in the reconstruction of the country. He said they had taken up the prisoners’ issue with High Peace Council (HPC) Chairman Salahuddin Rabbani a month ago.

    Motivating armed rebels to join the reconciliation drive and working for the release of inmates were among the council’s main responsibilities, HPC chief for Helmand, Malim Shah Wali, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    Of the 36 released men, 34 belong to Helmand and the rest to Kandahar and Zabul provinces.