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Three Top Members of Haqqani Network of Taliban Release from Jail

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Tuesday November 19, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Based on reports, three senior members of Haqqani network of Taliban has released from Bagram prison and sent to Qatar yesterday.
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on 12 November confirmed that Anas Haqqani, Mali Khan and Hafiz Rashid will conditionally release from Bagram jail.
Earlier, Anas Haqqani and two top members of Haqqani network of Taliban were taken to Qatar in exchange for the release of two lecturers of the American University of Afghanistan, but they have returned to Kabul and prisoned.
Now, according to media reports, Anas Haqqani and two senior members of Haqqani network of Taliban have released from Bagram jail yesterday (Monday, 18 November) and sent to Qatar, but they are living under supervision in Qatar.
It was supposed that Anas Haqqani and two members of Haqqani network of Taliban exchanged with the lecturers of American University of Afghanistan, but due to some problems the transaction has failed.
Meanwhile, President Ghani via telephonic contacts talked with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O’brien late on Monday.
Sediq Seddiqi presidential spokesperson said, in the separate phone calls, President Ghani spoke about releasing top members of Haqqani network of Taliban and emphasized ceasefire and violence reduction for starting intra-Afghan peace negotiations.
Seddiqi added, “The U.S. officials reiterated their support for President Ghani’s decision and committed to work closely together to respond to any possible Taliban violence in the event the group don’t respond in good faith.”
Seddiq further added that, “Both sides agreed that a ceasefire and or a reduction in violence was a necessary pre-condition for starting the intra-Afghan negotiations to reach a political settlement”.
M.A.Ansari
 

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