Pakistan is ready to release Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, an imprisoned senior Taliban commander, in a bid to bolster the faltering peace process in Afghanistan, officials in Islamabad said on Tuesday.
The release of Baradar, a former deputy leader of the Taliban who was captured with CIA help in 2010, would meet long-standing demands from American and Afghan officials, who hope he can help draw other Taliban commanders into peace talks.
Even as Pakistani officials released several waves of Taliban prisoners over the past year, including a new group of seven on Sunday, they resisted setting Baradar free. And on Tuesday, it was unclear exactly when Baradar was to be released, and what had led to the government’s shift.
La lógica es divertida: primero, la CIA lo detiene (imagino que no fue fácil) para después pedir a Paquistán que lo libere porque va a facilitar las conversaciones para “la paz”. 😯 🙄
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