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Pakistan releases Mullah Mansoor Dadullah

29 January, 2014

PESHAWAR: Pakistan released an important Afghan Taliban commander Mullah Mansoor Dadullah on Monday, sources told the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) on Tuesday.

Though the Pakistan Foreign Ministry had announced that the brother of feared Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah was freed on September 7, 2013, his family and close friends had not confirmed the release at that time.

The sources close to the Taliban told the AIP that Mullah Mansoor Dadullah was released from a prison in Pakistan on January 27.According to the sources, Mullah Mansoor contacted his friends and family members soon after his release but has not yet rejoined his family.

Another Taliban source also confirmed the release of Mullah Mansoor.Pakistan's Foreign Ministry announced on September 7, 2013 that seven Afghan Taliban detainees including Mullah Mansoor, Said Wali, Abdul Manan, Karim Agha, Sher Afzal, Gul Muhammad and Muhammadzai were released to strengthen and facilitate peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

The release of six of the seven detainees was confirmed but Mansoor Dadullah's release could not be confirmed at that time.Mullah Mansoor replaced his brother who was killed by foreign forces in May 2007. However, Taliban Islamic Emirate disowned him for conducting uncoordinated operation.He was detained by Pakistani security forces in Quetta in 2008.However, there was no word by Taliban in this regard.

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