Afghan govt frees 361 Taliban prisoners

A newly freed Taliban prisoner waits for a process at Bagram prison, north of Kabul, Afghanistan, April 11, 2020. (Photo: Agencies)

KABUL - The government of Afghanistan has set free 361 Taliban detainees and the release of prisoners would continue, Spokesman for National Security Council Javid Faisal said on Monday.

"The government released 361 Taliban prisoners from Bagram prison under the presidential decree of March 11. As per the decree, releases will continue," Faisal said in his Twitter account on Monday.

According to the official, the release of the detainees is part of the government efforts to bolster the peace process in the insurgency-plagued country.

The first batch, a total of 100 Taliban loyalists, was set free by the Afghan government on April 8, the second batch of 100 detainees was released on Thursday. So far, the number of detainees set free by the Afghan government has reached 361, according to Faisal.

The government decided to release 1,500 Taliban fighters languishing in different jails over the next two weeks.

The exchange of 5,000 Taliban prisoners with 1,000 Afghan security forces prisoners as a precondition for initiating an intra-Afghan dialogue is part of the US-Taliban peace deal inked on Feb 29 in Doha to end the war in Afghanistan.