Afghanistan’s government is likely to release Anas Haqqani, widely known as the brother of Taliban’s deputy Chief, Siraj Haqqani, in a possible prisoner exchange deal, according to reports.


Afghanistan’s government is likely to release Anas Haqqani, widely known as the brother of Taliban’s deputy Chief, Siraj Haqqani, in a possible prisoner exchange deal, according to reports.

A credible Taliban source told Arab News on Friday that Anas, who is imprisoned in the Bagram airfield, has been allowed to meet his uncle Mali Khan who was arrested by the Americans in Khost in 2011.
“There had been discussions for an exchange deal. However, all sides have not reached any deal,” the source said, adding that restrictions on Anas and other Bagram’s inmates have been eased with prisoners being allowed to meet each other.

Anas was captured by US’ security officials after he visited Qatar in October 2014.
In August 2016, an Afghanistan court had awarded the death sentence to Anas.
The move comes as the United States is planning to withdraw about 7000 of its troops from Afghanistan.


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