Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Critics weigh in on Taliban release

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al-Jazeera, 9 September 2013

AAN’s Borhan Osman, speaking to al-Jazeera on the release of seven taleban prisonsers by Pakistan says the seven men were hardly the vanguard of the Taleban movement. Two, he said, have come under suspicion within the militia for relations with foreigners – including Pakistani intelligence – and “not following orders”. Osman further said many in the Afghan government will likely question the value of those let go, particularly since a senior Taleban leader requested by Kabul to be freed – Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar – wasn’t released by Pakistan so far.