Pakistan releases four Afghan Taliban prisoners

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ISLAMABAD — A Pakistani official says the country released more members of the Afghan Taliban today in a bid to boost the peace process in neighboring Afghanistan.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Moazzam Khan said it was done to “... help in the peace process in Afghanistan.”

A Pakistani government official and an Afghan government official said four prisoners were released, including prominent members of the Taliban government that once ruled Afghanistan.

It was not clear what role the four might play in the Afghan peace process or what links they have to the current Taliban leadership.

Pakistan has longstanding ties to the Taliban, and its support is key to any future reconciliation in Afghanistan.

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