Mullah Muhammad Omar Amir of Afghan Taliban Movement’s son, Mohammad Yaqub, has been appointed as the Taliban’s military chief
According to a foreign news agency, Mullah Muhammad Yaqub, the son of Taliban leader Amir Mullah Muhammad Omar, is also a deputy to Taliban leader Hebatullah Akhundzada. Muhammad Yaqub will be the military chief as well as the deputy emir.
On the other hand, the Taliban have released 48 more Afghan soldiers in connection with the prisoner exchange.
Taliban spokesman Sohail Shaheen tweeted on social networking site Twitter that 48 more Afghan soldiers had been released and that the exchange of prisoners would continue until all were released.
Meanwhile, the Kabul administration has so far released more than 900 Taliban prisoners under an agreement with the United States to end the war in Afghanistan.
The release is part of a prisoner exchange program agreed between the United States and the Taliban on February 29, which also saw the release of dozens of Afghan security personnel.
In this regard, Javed Faisal, spokesman for the Afghan National Security Council, said that 933 Taliban prisoners have been released from Afghan jails so far.
It may be recalled that a peace agreement was signed between the United States and the Taliban on February 29 in Doha, the capital of Qatar, in which it was agreed that the Afghan government would release 5,000 Taliban prisoners in exchange for 1,000 Taliban prisoners.
Afghan officials say Kabul has so far released low-risk Taliban prisoners who have vowed to stay out of the fighting.
The Taliban insist that the release of their members be expedited due to the growing threat of the corona virus in Afghanistan’s prisons.
Under the agreement, the Taliban promised not to launch airstrikes on the US military alliance, but did not say so in reference to Afghan troops.
Afghan officials have reported an increase in violence in the country, which has hampered efforts to start talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.
The United States had promised under the agreement that US and other foreign troops would withdraw from Afghanistan by July next year, while security was assured by the Taliban.
Talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban began last month as part of inter-Afghan talks, for which a three-member Taliban delegation arrived in Kabul and the government formed a delegation with the consent of other stakeholders.
Talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government delegation stalled after Kabul claimed that the Taliban wanted the release of the top 15 commanders.
The Taliban, on the other hand, said the Afghan government was wasting time unnecessarily.
Sohail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban’s political office in Qatar, said in an April 8 statement that “we have recalled our negotiating delegation from Kabul because negotiations with the Afghan government over the exchange of prisoners have been suspended.”
“The unintentional delay in the release of our prisoners is a violation of the peace agreement, so we have recalled our technical team from Kabul,” he said on the social networking site Twitter.
The US Secretary of State said in a statement that progress had been made during his visit to Kabul after meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and former chief executive Abdullah Abdullah.
During a press conference at the State Department, he said that we have made progress, which is being reflected in the media and statements are coming.
The Afghan government released 100 low-risk Taliban prisoners on April 9, just a day after the Taliban announced its withdrawal from talks with Kabul.