The Afghan government said Monday that the release of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the co-founder of the Taliban movement, from a Pakistani prison will not affect the current situation in Afghanistan.
The CEO’s spokesperson Mujibul Rahman Rahimi said that Baradar was arrested by Pakistan for breaking the law and has now been released by Pakistan.
Government has finally, after almost a week, confirmed the release of Baradar from a Pakistani prison.
Last week sources confirmed that he had been released – as did the Taliban.
According to Rahimi the release of Baradar had been a unilateral decision by Islamabad.
“About Mullah Baradar, it was Pakistan’s decision to jail him and then they also freed him. He is in Pakistan and I do not think that Mullah Baradar’s imprisonment or release has any impact on Afghanistan’s situation,” said Rahimi.
This comes after the Pakistan embassy in Kabul on Sunday confirmed the release of Baradar and Mullah Abdul Samad Sani, also called Samad Sani, a Taliban commander.
The Pakistan embassy in Kabul told TOLOnews that the step was taken following Pakistan’s commitment to facilitate the Afghan peace process.
Sources and the Taliban last week confirmed the release of Baradar who they said was now back with his family in Karachi after spending eight years in prison.
However no details have been given on exactly when Baradar and Sani were released.
Meanwhile, a number of political parties and MPs say that the government has been marginalized in most of the peace talks on Afghanistan outside the country.
Some other parties said Baradar’s release was the result of Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, and Taliban’s demands.
“Mullah Baradar has been freed because this Taliban demanded this, not the Afghan government. His issue does not relate to the Afghan government, because he was in jail in another country,” said head of the National Solidarity Movement of Afghanistan, Sayed Ishaq Gailani.
Meanwhile in other peace related matters, a number of politicians have been invited to the Moscow peace conference and said that Kabul’s opposition to the conference is because of Washington'sissues with Moscow.
“(We hope) a confrontation should not come about between different countries such as the US and Russia and that we should be able to hold an inclusive meeting on Afghanistan peace,” said Sayed Ali Kazimi, the chairman of Aqtidar-i-Mili Party.
“Unfortunately … even the Afghan government is not consulted on some peace meetings,” said Nadir Shah Bahar a parliament member.
According to some members of the National Assembly, Zalmay Khalilzad's talks with the Taliban in Qatar, the release of Mullah Baradar from the Pakistani prison and the invitation of a number of regional countries and politicians to the Moscow Peace Summit are examples of how the Afghan government has been sidelined in some instances.
But the Afghan government is firm in its belief that any conference that is not led by Afghans will not be effective.