Islamabad, Dec 20 : The Afghan government has released nine members of the Haqqani network, including the younger brother Anas of the group’s current leader Sirajuddin Haqqani, under President Ashraf Ghani’s “Road Map” for peace in the war-torn country.
This move comes after the third round of talks between Taliban and American officials concluded in the United Arab Emirates in a bid to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan.The meeting also included representatives from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
The media reported that the Taliban had demanded the release of some key leaders two days ago.
Anas is the youngest son of the founder of the Haqqani network Jalaluddin Haqqani. He was arrested by the Afghan intelligence on October 14, 2014 from Afghanistan’s Khost province.
It is believed that the recent release is a part of a prisoner exchange deal, the report said.
US President Donald Trump had also sent a letter to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan seeking his assistance in the Afghan peace process.