Sources have confirmed to TOLOnews that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the co-founder of Taliban movement, has been released from Pakistan prison.
During the past week, conflicting reports were published on the release of three Taliban members including Mullah Baradar, Mullah Abdul Samad Sani and Mullah Mohammad Rasul.
The sources told TOLOnews that Mullah Baradar is about to join his family in Karachi.
According to sources, Mullah Baradar was released after the intervention of Zalmay Khalilzad, US Special Representative for Afghanistan’s Reconciliation, who visited Kabul twice this month to discuss peace talks with Afghan leaders.
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, also known as Mullah Baradar Akhund or Mullah Brother, is a co-founder of the Taliban movement in Afghanistan. He was the deputy of Mullah Mohammed Omar, the founding leader of the Taliban, whose death was confirmed in October 2016.
Baradar was captured in Pakistan by a team of Pakistan’s intelligence agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and US’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officers in February 2010.
Mullah Mohammad Rasul is the leader of the High Council of Afghanistan Islamic Emirate, a Taliban group in Afghanistan.
He was a Taliban-appointed governor of Nimroz province. Rasul, who refused to pledge allegiance to the Taliban’s new leader, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, was detained by Pakistani security personnel in 2016.
Meanwhile, Mullah Abdul Samad Sani, also called Samad Sani, a Taliban commander, was arrested in a Pakistani security agency raid on a madrassa in Quetta in Pakistan in 2016, according to a Reuters report.