Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leaders, key Afghan Taliban commanders released from prison

The scenes of Maulana Faqir's release have been circulating on social media. Maulana Faqir has publicly stated that he has close ties to Al Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri.

Ever since the Taliban have started to regain their control of Afghanistan, their power has been strengthening with every move. According to media reports, several essential Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leaders and key Afghan Taliban commanders have been released from prisons across Afghanistan under this newfound sovereignty.

As per a tweet by journalist Anis-ur-Rehman, the Afghan Taliban have successfully released about 2,300 key TTP commanders and leaders from Waziristan, Sargodha, Swat, and Bajaur.

Names of the released leaders

Some of the leading commanders released by the Taliban include Baitullah Mehsud’s driver Commander Zali, Waqas Mehsud, Hamza Mehsud, Zarqawi Mehsud, Zaitullah Mehsud, Qari Hameedullah Mehsud, Dr. Hameed Mehsud, and Mazhar Mehsud.

One of the most recognized names of these released militants is Maulana Faqir Muhammad – the former deputy chief of the TTP

The scenes of Maulana Faqir’s release have been circulating on social media. Maulana Faqir has publicly stated that he has close ties to Al Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri. It is pertinent to mention that the Afghan government announced that they are releasing Maulvi Faqir in April. However, they did not release him until now, when the Taliban influence forced them to do so.

Who is Maulvi Faqir Muhammad?

Maulana Faqir Mohammad is a former deputy chief of the Harakat-e-Taliban. He was known as the most prominent commander of banned organizations in Bajaur Agency when al-Qaeda and other foreign fighters had a strong presence in the tribal areas.

According to media reports, the current head of al-Qaeda, Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, used to visit his house as a guest. This explains why Faqir Mohammad has close ties with the Arab fighters.

Maulana Faqir was arrested along with his accomplices in the Afghan province of Kunar in 2013 but was transferred to Bagram prison in 2018. According to details, Faqir Mohammad and 200 other Pakistani and Afghan Taliban prisoners were held in the same barracks in the former US-occupied prison. However, now this prominent Taliban leader has been released by the authorities.

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