Eleven Taliban prisoners released in exchange for three Indian engineers
Reporter: Zahra Sahil
11 Taliban prisoners have been released from Bagram prison, according to the Pakistan Daily Times. Local Taliban officials have confirmed the news that 11 members of the group, including Sheikh Abdul Rahim and Mawlawi Rashid, were former Taliban governors in Kunar and Nimroz provinces, who were released by the US in exchange for the release of three Indian engineers.
However, Zalmai Khalilzad had asked the Taliban to release five foreign nationals, including two Australian American university professors, one of them Australian, in exchange for the release of eleven Taliban members.
But the Taliban demand is to release two Afghan American University professors in the second phase in exchange for the release of another group of Taliban prisoners, including Anas Haqqani, the brother of Haqqani network leader Serajuddin Haqqani.
However, the Afghan government has not commented yet.
Seven Indian engineers working for a power plant in northern Baghlan province were held hostage by the Taliban in May.