- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 20, 2013

A senior-level Pakistani Taliban commander has been captured in the southeastern region of Afghanistan — a sure sign of warming relations between the two countries, military analysts say.

Maulvi Faqir Mohammad, a Pakistani high-ranking Taliban leader, was caught in Afghanistan with three of his bodyguards in Mohmand Dara, a district that shares a border with Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, The Guardian reported.

Afghan police and intelligence officials conducted the raid and capture, The Guardian said.

“Kabul security forces came into the district and arrested the commander … it was an ambush,” said a spokesman for the governor of a neighboring province, in The Guardian report. “They advance on a vehicle and he was with four other men.”

Pakistani’s Muhammad Amir Rana, the director of the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies, said in The Guardian report the arrest as a positive sign that the two nations could work together.

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