Taliban gives list of 5,000 prisoners to US for their release
Reporter: Firdous Rasouli
According to the Associated press and report of Pasbanan, the Taliban have handed over a list of Americans to release their 5,000 prisoners. The Associated Press has claimed that a Taliban member who did not want to be named told them that the Taliban demand was one of the preconditions for the Taliban to cease-fire in Afghanistan.
Analysts and even the US’s own Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko, however, said neither Afghanistan nor the US is ready for the Taliban prisonders’ release, the report said.
“There’s a need for Afghan and U.S. officials to do their due diligence on any Taliban prisoners they’re planning to release, in order to minimize the likelihood that they’ll set free jihadists that can do destabilizing things and undercut a fledgling peace process,” warned Michael Kugelman, deputy director of the Asia Program at the U.S.-based Wilson Center.
Meanwhile, Foreign media claimed yesterday that the Taliban had agreed to a permanent ceasefire in Afghanistan, which the Taliban rejected.