October 02, 2013
Good News! Pakistan Releases Mullah Baradar
He was only second in command when al-Qaeda, using his country as a base of operations, murdered 2,977 of our countrymen.
Pakistan on Saturday released former Taliban second-in-command Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a man Afghanistan believes could help tempt moderate Taliban leaders to the negotiating table and bring peace after more than a decade of war.But on the flip side, we do have drones.
Mullah Baradar at his capture
The Foreign Ministry announced late on Friday Baradar – one of the founders of the Taliban insurgency - would be released a day later, and on Saturday, Pakistani television reported Baradar had been set free. There was no official confirmation of his whereabouts. "The Afghan government welcomes Pakistan's decision to release Mullah Baradar," said Aimal Faizi, a spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
"This release has occurred because of the Afghan government's consistent pressure requesting that Mullah Baradar be set free," he said. Baradar is at the heart of Afghan efforts to kick-start a stalled peace process as US- led troops prepare to pull out at the end of next year and anxiety grows over the country's security. Baradar was once a close friend of the reclusive Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, who gave him his nom de guerre, "Baradar" or "brother".
It's been one week since Pakistan released top Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani, better known as Mullah Baradar, but nobody -- including Baradar's own family -- seem to know his whereabouts.Have they looked in Abbottabad? Just, you know, sayin'.
"We have come to know only through media that he has been released by Pakistani security agencies," one of Baradar's Karachi-based relatives, preferring not to be named, told the Anadolu Agency. "But we don't know where he is."
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