Pakistan to release more Taliban prisoners

Prisoners to be released before 2nd round of direct talks, government says Taliban, too, have to release non combatant prisoners in response to government,s goodwill gesture.

Pakistan to release more Taliban prisoners

World Bulletin/News Desk

Pakistan government is going to release "some" more Taliban prisoners before second round of direct talks between the two negotiating teams likely to be held in next few days  or so, a government negotiator said.

Rustam Shah Mohmind, one of the four government negotiators, said the Taliban prisoners would be released to boost trust between the two sides before the second round of direct talks aimed at bringing a negotiated end to an 11-year-long insurgency that has killed thousands.

"The government have hundreds of (Taliban) prisoners, and it will time for their release", he told local Geo Tv in an interview, making it clear that only non-combatant prisoners would be released.

These prisoners would be released gradually, Mohmind, a former envoy to war-plagued Afghanistan, said. He said the Taliban, too, have to release non combatant prisoners in response to government,s goodwill gesture.

The government has already released 29 Taliban prisoners, however, the Tehrik e eTaliban Pakistan (TTP) , a consortium of different Taliban entities in Pakistan, said the released prisoners had no link to them.

The TTP had announced a month long ceasefire with security forces on March 1, which later was extended for 6 days on April 4.

Although, there is no official announcement from Taliban vis-a-vis an extension in ceasefire, government and Taliban negotiators are hopeful about an announcement with respect to a possible extension within a day or two.

Last Mod: 13 Nisan 2014, 17:40
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