The Taliban’s top military commander has been arrested in Pakistan, according to US officials – a claim denied by the Taliban itself.
The news was reported by the New York Times which said that Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was captured in Karachi in a secret US-Pakistani raid.
Police and local officials in Karachi say they know nothing of the arrest. The New York Times said the Taliban commander was taken in an operation carried out by the CIA and Pakistan’s intelligence agency the ISI.
Mullah Baradar is said to be the Taliban’s overall number two, behind the organisation’s spiritual leader Mullah Omar.
As news of the reported arrest spread across the region, it was confirmed by US officials who described the operation as a “very big deal.”
They say that Mullah Baradar is “providing intelligence.” But the Taliban insists its commander is still in Afghanistan actively organising the group’s operations.