Afghan National Army (ANA) officers take part in a training exercise at the Kabul Military Training Centre (KMTC) in Kabul. Photograph: Reuters

A senior Taliban leader whom Pakistan said it had released in an effort to facilitate Afghan peace talks remains in prison, the Taliban said yesterday(...)

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was captured in Pakistan in 2010 and has since emerged as a figure who Afghanistan and Pakistan believe could help to persuade his former comrades to lay down their weapons and engage in peace talks. Image: Google Maps

Pakistan will release former Afghan Taliban second-in-command Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar tomorrow, the Pakistani foreign ministry said today.The Unite(...)