Afghan Taliban Commander and Former Minister arrested in Peshawar

Afghan Taliban Commander and Former Minister arrested in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: A former senior Taliban Minster has been arrested in Peshawar on Monday night.

Hafez Mohibullah was the religious affairs minister in 1992 when the Taliban ran Afghanistan. Sources in the Afghan Taliban confirmed the development, Tribune has reported.

The move comes just a day before US special representative for Afghan peace Zalmay Khalilzad is arriving in Pakistan on a five-day visit on Tuesday (today) for talks with senior civil and military leaders.

Diplomatic sources said that during his stay in Islamabad, the US envoy would also hold delegation-level talks at the Foreign Office, regarding the Afghan peace process and negotiations process with the Afghan Taliban and the US army’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The sources said that Khalilzad would be accompanied by US Deputy Secretary of State Alice Wells. His visit to Pakistan is part of a larger two weeks tour, which also takes him to China, India and Afghanistan to “facilitate a negotiated settlement to the conflict in Afghanistan”.

The US State Department stated that the envoy continues to coordinate his efforts with President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, and other Afghan stakeholders to ensure an intra-Afghan peace process.