Afghan government releases 100 Taliban prisoners

Afghan government releases 100 Taliban prisoners

One day after the Taliban announced its withdrawal from talks with Kabul, the Afghan government released 100 low-risk Taliban prisoners.

The release of prisoners is the first step in an international dialogue to end the decades-long war in Afghanistan.

The agreement between the United States and the Taliban in February demanded the release of more than 1,000 government officials who were also kidnapped by the Taliban.

Javed Faisal, a spokesman for the Afghan National Security Advisor, said 100 prisoners were released from Bagram Base near Kabul.

Taliban spokesman Sohail Shaheen, on the other hand, said in a message that he did not know whom the government was releasing without confirmation because the Taliban had called back its technical team because of the delay in the release of prisoners by the government.

In a tweet, Sohail Shaheen warned the government of refusing to release the 15 Taliban whom the Taliban had provided, saying they should be released on the basis of 'our list'.

A statement issued by the National Security Council of Afghanistan said that the 100 prisoners released were "thoroughly investigated" and have vowed not to go to the battlefield again.

The statement added that the government has been "assured by the (Taliban) leadership in Doha."

Earlier, the Afghan government had said that 100 prisoners of the Taliban were being released, including key commanders.


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