Ex-Taliban leader in Pakistan's Peshawar ahead of talks: sources

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 03, 2013 8:38 AM

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a former Taliban second-in-command held in Pakistan, has been moved to the city of Peshawar near the Afghan border as part of preparations for talks with the Afghan Taliban, security sources said on Thursday.

"Baradar was moved from one safe house in Karachi to another, and has now been moved to Peshawar," one senior Pakistani defense official told Reuters.

Baradar was once a close friend of reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar and he belongs to the same tribe as Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

(Reporting by Mehreen Zahra-Malik, Asim Tanveer and Maria Golovnina; Editing by Nick Macfie)