PESHAWAR: A spokesman for Taliban on Tuesday welcomed the release of Sufi Mohammad. Government freed Sufi Mohammad, the chief of banned group Tahreek Nifaz-e-Shariat Mohammadi (TNSM) on Monday, following a peace agreement with tribal elders. He spent seven years in detention.
His release came after the new government said it would hold talks with militants in the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan. Appreciating the release of the TNSM leader, Maulvi Omar, Taliban Spokesman told media on telephone that they welcomed his release that was a positive development and augurs well for peace in the area.
The spokesman said that if the government accepts their other demands including setting free all those held illegally and impose Sharia (Islamic law) that would be good for the country. Omar said the Taliban were still waiting for the release of Abdul Aziz, the leader of the Red Mosque (Lal Masjid). Officials said Mohammad’s release had no links with the efforts to secure the release of Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Tariq Azizuddin.-SANA