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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Abdul Ghani Baradar
Pakistan released its highest-ranking Afghan Taliban prisoner on Saturday in an effort to jump-start Afghanistan's struggling peace process, Pakistani officials said, but some doubt he will make much of a difference.
Pakistan authorities said they will let go the highest-ranking Taliban member they have in prison, as a means of jump-starting peace talks.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai is pushing Pakistan to release more Taliban prisoners, including the group's deputy leader, in a move aimed at reviving peace talks with the militants, despite concern within his own administration that the battle-hardened Islamists could rejoin a decadelong insurgency that seeks to topple the government in Kabul.
Afghan government representatives have met with a top-ranking Taliban member in his prison cell in Pakistan, an official said Sunday, suggesting a small step toward reopening stalled peace talks with the insurgent group.
A militant group responsible for the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan has rejoined peace talks with President Hamid Karzai's government, and four other factions followed after Afghan security forces crushed an attack by terrorists in Kabul earlier this week.
The Afghan government's reconciliation effort with the Taliban is being hamstrung by a lack of participants who wield clout within the militant group and a "peace council" viewed by many Afghans as more eager to maintain the status quo.
The Treasury Department froze the U.S.-held assets of three key leaders and financiers of the Taliban and its affiliated group, the Pakistan-based Haqqani Network.
The Treasury Department has imposed sanctions against three key leaders and financiers of the Taliban and its affiliated group, the Pakistan-based Haqqani network.
Close to half of the 600 murders reported so far this year in the economic hub of Karachi have been "target killings," slayings carried out by religious groups and gangs affiliated with political parties. That's roughly double the number that occurred in all of 2009.
The Taliban's top military commander has been arrested in a joint CIA-Pakistani operation in Pakistan in a major victory against insurgents as U.S. troops push into their heartland in southern Afghanistan, officials said.