KABUL: Afghanistan will launch two senior Taliban commanders and a frontrunner of the Haqqani militant group in alternate for an American and an Australian professor who have been kidnapped in 2016, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s workplace mentioned on Tuesday.
The federal government has determined to free high militant commander Anas Haqqani and two different Taliban commanders in a prisoner swap, a deal that might pave the way in which for peace talks between the Afghan authorities and the Taliban.
“To be able to pave the way in which for a face-to-face negotiations with the Taliban, the federal government has determined to free Taliban prisoners in alternate for 2 college professors,” Ghani mentioned in a televised speech.
Ghani mentioned Anas Haqqani and Taliban commanders Haji Mali Khan and Hafiz Rashid have been being launched. All three have been captured in 2014.
The prisoner alternate comes at a time when efforts have been being made to revamp peace talks between the USA and the Taliban.
The Haqqani community has in recent times carried large-scale militant assault on civilians. It’s believed to be based mostly in Pakistan and is a part of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Anas Haqqani is the youthful brother of Sirajuddin Haqqani, who’s second-in-command within the Afghan Taliban hierarchy and leads the Haqqani community, thought of to the deadliest faction of the Afghan Taliban.
A Taliban spokesperson earlier this yr mentioned that the motion was decided to acquire Anas Haqqani’s launch and named him as a member of a negotiating crew that might maintain talks with US officers.
Ghani mentioned authorities had been unable to find the place the Taliban have been holding the 2 captive.
“Info means that their well being whereas being held by the terrorists has deteriorated,” he mentioned.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan throughout a three-day go to to Washington in July that he would do his greatest to assist launch the American College professors.
A delegation from Pakistan, together with the chief of the highly effective Inter-Providers Intelligence (ISI), was in Kabul to fulfill Afghan authorities on Monday. A senior official in Islamabad claims the alternate of prisoners was mentioned by the delegation.
In accordance with Afghan officers, the following spherical of talks between the Taliban and Afghan representatives is slated for this month in Beijing.
The Taliban had kidnapped US citizen Kevin King and an Australian Timothy Weeks, each professors, in August 2016 from the American College of Afghanistan in Kabul.