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Baradar may be freed in a day or two: Aziz

Baradar may be freed in a day or two: Aziz

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Sep 16, 2013 - 22:03

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): Pakistaninfo-icon could release the Talibaninfo-icon's second-in-command in a day or two in a move aimed to jump-start the Afghan-led peace process, the country's foreign policy chief said on Monday.

But Sartaj Aziz, the advisor on foreign affairs to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, told a leading Pakistani newspaper Mullahinfo-icon Abdul Ghani Baradar would not be handed over to Afghanistaninfo-icon.

In an exclusive talk with Dawn.com, he said handing over the key Taliban commander to Afghanistan would sabotage the very objective behind the decision to release him.

“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,” Aziz added.

One of the four men who founded the insurgent movement in 1994, Baradar is one of the most trusted commanders of Mullah Mohammad Omar. He was detained in Karachi in February 2010.

PAN Monitor/mud

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