Taliban Prisoner Release is Poor Policy, Party Says

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The Afghan government policy to release Taliban prisoners is "completely incorrect" and threatens the peace process, the Truth and Justice party said Wednesday.

Mohammad Hanif Atmar, head of the Truth and Justice party's commission on politics, criticised the release of Taliban prisoners in Pakistan as requested by the Afghan High Peace Council, saying their fate is unclear and the government has not seriously considered their future.

"The government's policies over the release of imprisoned Taliban from Pakistan is completely incorrect and this action will cause the peace process to confront failure," Atmar said at a press briefing.

Around 30 members of the Taliban imprisoned in Pakistan have been released recently but it is not clear where they now are.

He pointed out that it is the government's responsibility to bring these released prisoners into the peace process, but it has failed to do so.

Atmar also mentioned the party's dissatisfaction with the government preparation for the April 2014 presidential poll, warning that it has not made the necessary reforms needed for a robust, transparent election.

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