ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Sunday released deputy chief of Afghan Taliban Mullah Abdul Ghani Biradar, reported a private news channel.

Quoting Pakistan embassy in Kabul, it said that Mullah Abdul Samad Sani has also been released, who is also senior Taliban leader.

The envoy said both commanders were released on the request furnished by U.S. special representative for Aghanistan to facilitate the peace process in Afghanistan.

The Taliban’s co-founder and former second-in-command, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, was released after high-level negotiations, according to Taliban.

Baradar is one of four men, including Mullah Omar, who founded the Taliban movement in 1994. He served in several key positions when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 till 2001. Ghani was arrested from Karachi in 2010.