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Pakistan to Release More Afghan Taliban Detainees

A Pakistani official says his country will release more Afghan Taliban detainees in order to boost the peace process in Afghanistan.

During a trip to the United Arab Emirates, Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani said the remaining detainees will be released "subsequently."

He did not give a timetable.

Last month, Pakistan released eight Afghan Taliban prisoners, including former Afghan Justice Minister Mullah Nooruddin Turabi. At the time, Afghanistan said it hoped the release would encourage other Taliban to negotiate with the Afghan government.

That release came about a month after Pakistan freed nine Afghan Taliban prisoners.

Pakistan is still holding the insurgent group's former deputy leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. He was captured in Pakistan in 2010.

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