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The Taliban group officially confirmed 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. 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.