Afghan officials: Pakistan frees Taliban detainees
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghan officials say Pakistan has freed eight Taliban prisoners and has agreed to release many more to help kick start a peace process that could lead to a political resolution of the 11-year-old Afghan war.
The decision to release the prisoners, including the former minister of justice under the Taliban's repressive regime in Afghanistan, is seen as a sign that neighboring Pakistan might be willing to take concrete steps to revive efforts to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.
Pakistan's decision was confirmed on Thursday by three Afghan officials who are familiar with the Afghan peace council's four-day trip this week to Islamabad.
They spoke on condition of anonymity as they are not yet authorized to discuss the results of the sensitive meetings in the Pakistani capital.
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