Another senior Afghan Taliban leader has been arrested in Pakistan, two Pakistani intelligence officials told CNN.
Security forces arrested Mullah Abdul Kabir last week from a religious school in the district of Nowshera, 54 miles (88 km) northwest of Islamabad, the officials said.
Mullah Kabir served on the Taliban's Council of Ministers and governed the eastern zone of Afghanistan during the Taliban rule of the 1990s, said Imtiaz Gul, head of the Islamabad-based Center for Research and Security Studies.
Kabir is the fourth Afghan Taliban leader to be arrested by Pakistani security forces in the past several weeks.
In a statement to CNN, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid denied that Mullah Kabir had been arrested.
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