Pakistan detains 8 Afghan Taliban leaders for refusing peace talks

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD -- The authorities in Pakistan have taken at least eight Afghan Taliban leaders, including three key figures, into custody for refusing peace talks with the Afghan government, The Express Tribune reported October 12.

Muti alias Mullah Nanai who served as intelligence chief under Mullah Akhtar Mansoor Suleman Agha, the Taliban governor for Daikundi province, and Mullah Sani, also known as Samad Sani, chief of a religious school and a well-known trader were among detained Taliban leaders who were arrested from different parts of Balochistan in recent days, Taliban sources confirmed.

There was no official word on the arrests but the Taliban had "refused" to start peace talks with the government, The Express Tribune reported.

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