Pakistan frees four Afghan Taliban leaders

Islamabad, Jan 1: Pakistan has freed four senior Taliban leaders, including a former justice minister, at the request of the Afghan government.

Ex-Taliban justice minister Mullah Nuroddin Turabi was among those released Monday, a senior official of the Pakistani foreign ministry said, requesting anonymity.

The move is expected to help build momentum to the Afghan peace process.

Former Taliban communications minister Allah Dad, ex-governor of Helmand province Mullah Abdul Bari and former Taliban guard Muhammad Azeem were also released, Xinhua reported.

Pakistan had freed 13 other Taliban militants last month.

IANS