Fazl terms Baradar’s release a positive step

PESHAWAR: The JUI-F chief, Maulana Fazlur Rehman welcoming the decision of the Pakistan government to release Mullah Baradar Wednesday said it was a positive step for reconciliation in Afghanistan.
In a statement here Wednesday, Maulana Fazlur Rehman said the release of Taliban leaders would give strength and encourage to Afghan Taliban to take the process of dialogue forward. He said Mullah Baradar is an important leader of Afghan Taliban and Pakistan should extend its hand of cooperation to revive the stalled dialogue.
The JUI-F chief said Pakistan played maximum role for the process of reconciliation in Afghanistan and pointed out that the success of dialogue in Afghanistan would have direct bearings on peace and security of Pakistan.
Pakistan will release former Afghan Taliban second-in-command, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, as soon as this month to help advance peace efforts in neighbouring Afghanistan, Pakistan’s foreign policy chief said on Tuesday.
Baradar is one of the four men who founded the Taliban movement in 1994, and is believed to be a close aide and one of the most trusted commanders of Mullah Mohammad Omar, the spiritual leader of the Taliban. He was captured from the port city of Karachi in February, 2010.
Afghanistan has been pushing Pakistan to release former Baradar, whose release they believe would prove fruitful in negotiations with Taliban militants prior to the withdrawal of US and Nato forces from the war-torn nation.
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