Taliban leader to be a topic at London meeting

October 28, 2013 • World News

In this Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 photo, Mohammed Mohaqiq, a senior member of Afghanistan’s high peace council and vice presidential candidate in next year’s elections, gestures as he discusses the value of peace talks with the Taliban ahead of the 2014 withdrawal of US and NATO combat troops, in his office in Kabul, Afghanistan. The high peace council has been designated by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to negotiate peace with the Taliban but Mohaqiq says the council has little influence. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — When the leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan meet Tuesday in London, a key issue will be the whereabouts of a senior Taliban member who the Afghans believe would be valuable in future peace talks.

The Pakistanis announced last month that they had freed Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. The Taliban alleges he is still in Pakistani custody under pressure from the U.S.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has suggested that Baradar, a former No. 2 in the Islamic militant movement behind leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, is important to moving forward the Login to read more

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