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Pakistan freed Taliban co-founder at US request: Envoy

IANS  |  Washington 

released Mullah Baradar at US' request to help expedite the Afghan peace talks, Washington's special envoy for Khalilzad said.

Khalilzad, who returned to the US from almost a month-long peace mission to and the Middle East, said on Friday that he had discussed conditions for the withdrawal of American forces from with the Taliban, but there had been no agreement on this issue yet, Dawn news reported.

Speaking at the here, Khalilzad acknowledged that the US and the had reached a framework agreement in last month, but more talks were needed for reaching a conclusion.

Responding to a question about Pakis­tan's role in facilitating the US-talks, he said that had played a constructive role and released "at my request".

Khalilzad said that he requested Baradar's release because he believed the senior Taliban could also play a constructive role in the Afghan peace initiative.

Appreciating the role was playing in promoting peace talks, Khalilzad said: "is an important country and we want better relations with "

Pakistan has also said that last month's talks between the and the Taliban were a "major diplomatic victory" for all sides.

was released in Pakistan in October.

Before his arrest in 2010, he was believed to be the military chief of the terror group, led by who had died in 2013, although the news was made public only two years later.



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First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 10:34 IST