Pakistan to free more Afghan detainees

2013-01-19 10:44
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Islamabad - A Pakistani official says the country will release more Afghan militant detainees to boost the peace process in Afghanistan.

Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani said Pakistan has initiated the process of releasing those Afghan detainees in its custody who they think will help facilitate the reconciliation process. He did not give a timetable.

His comments were made during a press conference Friday in Abu Dhabi and relayed by the Foreign Ministry on Saturday.

Pakistan is seen as key to peace efforts in Afghanistan as foreign troops plan to depart the country in 2014.

Pakistan has released 26 Taliban prisoners in recent months.

Kabul has been pressing its neighbour to release more prisoners they hope would bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.

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