Pakistan Taliban commander captured in Afghanistan
A senior Pakistani Taliban commander has been captured in south-eastern Afghanistan in what was hailed as a major sign of much improved relations between the two neighbouring countries.
Maulvi Faqir Mohammad, described as a top-ranking Pakistani member of the Taliban, was captured on Monday, along with three of his bodyguards and a small cache of weapons, in Mohmand Dara district, which shares a border with Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region.
The ambush was carried out by Afghanistan's intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), and the Afghan police, an official in Nangarhar said.
"Kabul security forces came into the district and arrested the commander … it was an ambush. They advanced on a vehicle and he was with four other men," Ahmadzia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said.
...Will they hold on to him? Both countries have a history of releasing Taliban commanders. If they are smart they will hold him until the hostilities have ended.