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Military annoyed over release of Taliban prisoners

RAWALPINDI: Differences between the military and civil leadership have been exposed openly, due to the release of Taliban prisoners.

The military leadership while expressing serious concerns on the issue, has said that if Taliban will be getting relief unilaterally then it would become difficult to compensate the losses, which will come as an outcome of this – ARY News reports.

Sources told that the military leadership of the state is having serious concerns over the one-sided and unilateral release of Taliban prisoners by the Ministry of Interior. These reservations were openly expressed by the top military officials, during a meeting with the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif earlier today.

It was stated that if the stake holders were consulted prior to the release of prisoners, then it could have better results, whereas the morale of the troops deployed in troubled areas will also get down because of such acts, which will have a negative impact.

Military sources have a stance that Taliban prisoners were released because of pressure and if the Government leads talks under pressure, then it will have to face serious losses of it, whereas the writ of the state will also not be established.

It was further added that talks with militants were decided to be held within the constitutional realm, but the release of extremists confronting the state, is something beyond understanding.

Yesterday, reports mentioned that some 16 Taliban prisoners were set free by the political administration of South Waziristan, upon the directives of the Prime Minister, is pursue of peace talks.

Yet the PM House Spokesperson had denied this, saying that the freed men were not Taliban, they were laymen from tribal region, who were involved in minor crimes.

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