Afghan government says it has freed 490 Taliban prisonersPTI | Kabul | Updated: 13-06-2019 14:25 IST | Created: 13-06-2019 14:04 IST
The Afghan government says it has freed 490 Taliban prisoners from jails across the country in a gesture of goodwill as part of efforts to move a stalled peace process forward. Feroz Bashari, government media centre chief, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the freed Taliban insurgents were either ailing or had less than a year remaining on their prison sentence.
He says they are part of a group of 887 inmates that President Ashraf Ghani ordered freed to mark the Eid-al-Fitr holiday that followed the end of the holy month of Ramadan earlier in June. He didn't say when the remaining prisoners would be released.