Taliban officers ‘land in Qatar’ as a major aspect of detainee swap move

Three Taliban officers have been discharged by the Afghan government as a major aspect of a detainee swap including two Western prisoners, sources from the Al Jazeera news. 

The sources said on Tuesday that the men, including senior Taliban pioneer Anas Haqqani, had arrived in Qatar, which has the gathering’s political office in line with the United States. 

In return, two college teachers distinguished as US resident Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks are set to be discharged later on Tuesday. The pair have been held by the Taliban for a long time. 

Agents of the Afghan government and the US consulate in Kabul were yet to remark on the revealed swap. 

The advancements come after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani declared seven days back that Haqqani – whose more established sibling is the agent Taliban pioneer and leader of the Haqqani Network – a Taliban partner, and the two different commandants would be liberated. 

At the time, Ghani said the choice was made after interviews with the US and was planned for “encouraging eye to eye dealings legitimately with the Taliban”, who have, up to this point, would not connect with what they call an ill-conceived, US-upheld “manikin” government. 

Be that as it may, the swap was suddenly delayed, with the Taliban moving its prisoners to another area after the commandants neglected to arrive in Qatar. 

The Taliban held onto control in 1996 and controlled Afghanistan until 2001 when it was unstuck from control in 2001 by a US-drove attack. 

Recharged endeavors to end the nation’s 18-year-strife have been ventured up as of late, with US exceptional agent for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad visiting Pakistan a month ago to meet the Taliban’s top arbitrator, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. 

Washington said Khalilzad was in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, to catch up on talks he held in September in New York with Pakistani authorities, including Prime Minister Imran Khan. The organization demanded Khalilzad was not in Pakistan to restart US-Taliban harmony talks. 

The gathering was the primary that Khalilzad had held with the Taliban since US President Donald Trump proclaimed in September that the harmony talks, which were held in Qatar over the previous year, were “dead”.

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