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Pakistan arrest former Taliban Minister

Pakistan Arrests Former Taliban Minister

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has arrested a senior member of Afghan Taliban who served as a minister when the group was holding power, it was reported by BBC on Tuesday.
Hafez Mohibullah, a former Taliban religious affairs minister, was detained in Peshawar, BBC said citing sources in the group.
The latest move comes before US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad visits Pakistan on tour to the region aimed at facilitating intra-Afghan peace talks.
Two Taliban figures quoted by the BBC suggested that the former minister had been detained by Pakistan to put pressure on the group into meeting Khalilzad this week and to agree to meet representatives of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
“They arrested him [Mohibullah] to send a message,” a Taliban figure said.
“There was a meeting with Pakistani officials on the upcoming peace talks which ended in arguments. Right afterwards, the authorities raided a number of houses and arrested Mohibullah. After that [Taliban leader] Sheikh Hibatullah sent a message warning everyone to be alert,” another Taliban figure said.
Pakistan has recently accelerated efforts to facilitate negotiation between Taliban and Afghan government.
(Sahar News)

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