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Pakistan calls on Kabul to abide by Taliban prisoner swap deal

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al-Jazeera, 3 March 2020

AAN’s Obaid Ali is quoted on the disputed Afghan government-Taliban prisoners exchange and remarks of Pakistan’s foreign minister Qureshi on the subject:

Obaid Ali, an analyst at Afghanistan Analyst Network, said: “What Qureshi said is not relevant. This is an issue that is at the discretion of the Afghan government. It’s an internal matter for the government.

“The Afghan government is correct to say that it is up to them to decide the fate of the prisoners. The initial agreement was between the Taliban and the US. Now the Taliban and the Afghan government have to come to certain agreements and assessments ahead of the intra-Afghan talks.

“Pakistan has no place to make statements about any aspects of these agreements.”