Afghanistan has asked Pakistan toÂ hand over its five top militant commanders imprisoned in the country. According to the government in Kabul, the militantsÂ can play a key role in AfghanÂ peace and reconciliationÂ process.
Adviser to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on reconciliation and peace Affairs Muhammad Hanif AtmarÂ recommendedÂ the names on the sidelines of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York last month, an Afghan journalist working withÂ Tolo TVÂ Abulhaq OmeriÂ toldÂ The Express Tribune.
According to the adviser, he had handed over the list to Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif comprising 35 commanders, five of whom have a say in Taliban Shura and couldÂ play a role for peace in the war-ravaged Afghanistan.
Meeting between the two sidesÂ on the sidelines of the UNGA, followed by the recent visit of army chief General Qamar JavedBajwa to Kabul paved the way for Afghan presidentâ€™s visit toÂ Islamabad in the near future.
Another Afghan interior ministry official present at the Kabul meeting revealed names of the five commanders, includingÂ co-founder of Afghan Taliban Mullah Ghani Baradar, senior members of the so-called Quetta Shura Mullah Ahmadullah Nani, Mullah Sammad Sani,Â andÂ Mullah Suliman Agha who was arrested from a seminary in Quettaâ€™s Satellite Town along with four others on October 11 2014.
The two sides had agreed in principle to ink an agreement in the next session in Islamabad to exchange prisoners jailed in either side of the border.
However, the two neighbouring countries do not have in place a formal agreement for the exchange of prisoners.
â€œPakistan had also shared its concern with Afghan president about insurgency in Fata and Balochistan, with Kabul assuring that their soil will not be used against the brotherly country,â€ interior ministry official who was part of the delegation told Tolo TV.
The civil and military leaders will also sign an agreementÂ to inform each otherÂ if one of the countries initiates a military operation inÂ its side of the border against the other.