Pakistan News Service

Sunday Aug 24, 2014, Shawwal 27, 1435 Hijri
Logo Logo
LATEST :
Pakistan News Home -> Afghanistan -> News Details

Taliban fighters' release delayed after US protest

05 January, 2014

KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has delayed the release from jail of 88 suspected Taliban fighters following complaints from the United States that they could return to the battlefield, officials said on Saturday.

The planned release had angered US military commanders and senators as Washington and Kabul edge closer to signing a long-delayed security pact allowing some American soldiers to stay in Afghanistan after 2014.

"Based on a recent president's order, we have started again reviewing the cases of the 88 prisoners," Abdul Shokur Dadras, a member of the Afghan Review Board, told AFP.

"The president has also ordered the security and intelligence agencies to check their backgrounds and cases to make sure justice is served."

US General Joseph Dunford, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, had lodged an official objection to the planned releases, saying they went against an agreement signed when Bagram was handed over.

Bagram jail was passed to Afghan control by the US in March after a public stand-off with Karzai, who has depicted the jail as a symbol of Afghanistan's efforts to regain its national sovereignty.

The review board last year ordered the release of 648 Bagram prisoners, of whom 560 have been freed. The US had disputed the release of the final 88.

On a visit to Kabul on Thursday, influential Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, criticised the proposed release of militants who he said had "blood on their hands".

He said the jailed men were responsible for over 60 NATO coalition and 57 Afghan deaths.

If the bilateral security agreement (BSA) is signed, several thousand US troops would remain in Afghanistan to provide training and assistance to the police and national army after the NATO combat mission ends in December.

End.

 What do you think about the story ? Leave your comments!

Heading (Optional)
Your Comments: *

Your Name:*
E-mail (Optional):
City (Optional):
Country (Optional):
 
 
Field marked(*) are mandatory.
Note. The PakTribune will publish as many comments as possible but cannot guarantee publication of all. PakTribune keeps its rights reserved to edit the comments for reasons of clarity, brevity and morality. The external links like http:// https:// etc... are not allowed for the time being to be posted inside comments to discourage spammers.

  Speak Out View All
Imran - Qadri long march
Artilce 6 and Musharraf Trail
  Quick Vote Show Results
Question: "In view of the current situation do you think Talks with Taliban should take place only within the ambit of Article 4 of Objectives Resolution that defines our Common Purpose i.e. PM/ President down to all Pakistanis to work till we achieve the rights of Democracy, Freedom, Tolerance and Social Justice for all Pakistanis:"
Yes
No
 
Candid Corner
Exclusive by
Lt. Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
Imran speech not more than a 'joke': Altaf
KP assembly not being dissolved: CM KPK Khattak
Suggested Sites