KABUL - Pakistan will consider freeing the former Afghan
Taliban second- -in-command, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, if current releases of
lower level insurgents help advance peace efforts, officials from both countries
told Reuters on Thursday.
"After releasing 13 Taliban, Pakistan promised
to free Mullah Baradar if these releases prove effective in peace negotiations,"
said a senior Afghan official close to talks between Islamabad and Kabul.