President Ashraf Ghani said on national television Tuesday that the prisoner swap would free two American University academics — U.S. taxpayer Kevin King and Australian citizen Timothy Weeks. Both have been kidnapped at gunpoint at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul in August 2016.
Taliban commanders Anas Haqqani, Haji Maali Khan and Abdul Rasheed Haqqani will also be set to be published, the president stated. Ghani said the three are all members of this Taliban-linked Haqqani community and therefore are being published”conditionally in trade” for both professors, the Associated Press reported.
Ghani said in a statement reside on state television Tuesday the launch of this prominent insurgents proved to be a really difficult decision he made from the interest of the Afghan people, according to the Associated Press.
The launch of this Taliban officials is meant to reveal Afghanistan’s administration’s openness toward peace talks,” the president stated.
Ghani said that the conclusion by Afghanistan’s government to launch the Taliban prisoners was created following consultation with the global community and the USA.
Taliban fighters were fighting U.S., NATO and Afghan government forces because they had been toppled in 2001 following their authorities sheltered 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.
Anas Haqqani was in Afghan custody because October 2014 when U.S. security forces nabbed him en route to Qatar out of Bahrain.
This past year, his name topped the record of those that the Taliban stated have to be published, by Taliban officials in that moment.