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Pakistan to release top Afghan Taliban prisoner

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Pakistani policemen stand guard outside the central prison in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province after a Taliban attack on July 30, 2013. Pakistan has agreed to release its most senior Afghan Taliban prisoner, former deputy leader Abdul Ghani Baradar, a senior government official told AFP on Tuesday. (AFP/File)

Pakistan has agreed to release its most senior Afghan Taliban prisoner, former deputy leader Abdul Ghani Baradar, a senior government official told AFP on Tuesday.

The Afghan government has long demanded that Islamabad free Baradar, whose arrest in 2010 saw Pakistan accused of sabotaging initiatives to bring peace in war-torn Afghanistan.

"He is likely to be released this month," Sartaj Aziz, an advisor to the prime minister on national security and foreign affairs, told AFP.