Afghan Taliban freed in Pakistan close to Mullah Omar: official

KABUL Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:58am EST

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KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan Taliban figures freed from detention in Pakistan were close to the movement's reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, and could help the Kabul government with peace efforts, a senior Afghan official said on Monday.

"Their release will certainly have a positive impact on the mindsets of other senior Taliban, especially on field commanders who took orders from them for years," the official who is close to reconciliation efforts, told Reuters.

(Reporting by Hamid Shalizi; Writing by Michael Georgy; Editing by Alison Williams)

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