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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan freed at least seven Taliban prisoners Wednesday at the request of the Afghan government, in a move meant to help jumpstart a shaky peace process with the militant group in neighboring Afghanistan, officials said.
The release of the prisoners — described as mid- and low-level fighters — is the most encouraging sign yet that Islamabad may be willing to play a constructive role in peace efforts that have made little headway since they began some four years ago, hobbled by distrust among the major players involved, including the United States.
"I am sure the released Taliban can play some part in making the peace process a success," he said.