President Ashraf Ghani Hopes Release of Haqqani Leaders Brings Peace

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani confirmed that the government will conditionally release Anas Haqqani from Bagram prison in exchange for the release of two lecturers of the American University of Afghanistan. Haji Mali and Abdul Rashid are the two other senior Taliban leaders the government would release with Anas Haqqani.

American Kevin King and Australian Timothy had been kidnapped by the Taliban and kept in custody since 2016
The Haqqani network has been behind many of the co-ordinated attacks on Afghan and Nato forces in recent years and has been blamed for some of the deadliest blasts in the country.

Will this move result in intra Afghan talks that are slated in Beijing for 21 November now remains to be seen?
Public opinion on the release of the leaders of the Haqqani network who have been in custody for the American professors has been very skeptical of the government move.

Thus it is not surprising that over 80 percent of the people polled have been against the release............


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