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Pakistan claims 3 senior Taliban leaders arrested for refusing peace talks

taliban-commanders-arrested-in-pakistanKABUL: The authorities in Pakistan have claimed at least three senior Afghan Taliban leaders have been arrested for refusing peace talks with the Afghan government, it has been reported.

According to local media reports, the three detained Taliban leaders were among the group’s high ranking members, apparently working for the Taliban group leadership council.

One of the detained militant has been identified as Abdullah Muti also known as Mullah Nanai and has worked as intelligence chief for the slain Taliban supreme leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, Taliban sources have confirmed to The Express Tribune.

The sources further added that the two other leaders have been identified as Suleman Agha, the Taliban governor for Daykund province, and Mullah Sani, also known as Samad Sani, chief of a religious school and a well-known trader, who have links with the Taliban.

According to the paper, Nanai was picked up three days ago from Balochistan however it added that there was no official word on the arrests.

The arrests if confirmed by the official sources come as the Afghan government have long been asking Pakistan to take actions against the militants pursuing violence, a step that should be taken in line with the agreement reached in Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG).

The coordination group was formed with an aim to help revive peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban and the group consisted of representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, and the United States. -KP


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