Islamabad • Pakistan freed the Afghan Taliban's former deputy leader Saturday after years of detention in a move that many officials in both nations hope will aid Afghanistan's struggling peace process.
But others doubt Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar will do much good, and the U.S., which opposed his release, is worried he could return to the battlefield. That could give the Taliban in Afghanistan a boost while the U.S. pulls out troops and increasingly relies on Afghan forces to fight insurgents.
Pakistan has demanded that Afghanistan free Baradar since he was arrested in a joint raid in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi in 2010 after holding secret peace talks with the Afghan government. Pakistan resisted for years, exacerbating already-tense relations with neighboring Afghanistan.