Posted: 08/13/2012 12:01:35 PM MDT
August 13, 2012 6:38 PM GMTUpdated: 08/13/2012 12:38:15 PM MDTBy SEBASTIAN ABBOT Associated PressAssociated Press
ISLAMABAD—Pakistan on Monday denied reports that a delegation of Afghan officials met with a former deputy leader of the Taliban who is imprisoned in Pakistan.
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was captured in Pakistan in 2010. His arrest reportedly angered Afghan President Hamid Karzai because Baradar had been in secret talks with the Afghan government.
The former Taliban deputy is seen as a potentially important player in the process of striking a peace deal in Afghanistan, with most NATO forces scheduled to depart at the end of 2014.
Pakistan's Interior Ministry said reports of a meeting between Afghan officials and Baradar were "absolutely baseless and ill motivated."
An official with the Afghan High Peace Council, Ismai
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