Pakistan releases son of Afghan militant leader

A cousin and a family friend say the son of a legendary Afghan mujahedeen leader was among a group of Taliban prisoners released by Pakistan to help jumpstart peace negotiations with the militant group.

The two say Pakistan released Anwarul Haq Mujahid on Thursday and he joined his family in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. They spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because they didn't have permission to speak to the media.

Mujahid is the son of the late Maulvi Mohammad Yunus Khalis who fought against the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Khalis died in 2006.

Afghan officials said Thursday that Pakistan freed eight Taliban prisoners and agreed to release many more.

Mujahid was not among the eight listed, which means at least nine prisoners have been freed.