June 22nd, 2010
01:04 PM ET

Official: Afghan prisoners freed in gesture of goodwill

Afghanistan has announced the freeing of prisoners and the United Nations' intentions to remove some Taliban members from a terror blacklist, efforts that come on the heels of a recent nationwide peace conference, government officials said on Tuesday.

More than 25 prisoners have been freed in a move to get militants to lay down their arms, a government official told CNN Tuesday.

Dr. Mohammad Zasim Hashimzai, Afghanistan's deputy minister of justice and legal affairs, said more than 25 prisoners have been freed in a move to get militants to lay down their arms.

The gesture of goodwill was made after a presidential decree based on principles set down in the country's recent peace jirga, or national conference of tribal and religious leaders earlier this month.

The jirga said that the Afghan government and international forces, as a gesture of free will, should take "immediate and solid action in freeing" people whose incarcerations have been based on "inaccurate information or unsubstantiated allegations."

In a related move, the United Nations said it will remove those Taliban members not connected with al Qaeda and other terrorist groups from a blacklist.

President Hamid Karzai's office said in a press release that a Security Council delegation met with him and will make the removals in a "step-by-step" manner in agreement with the Afghan government. The jirga called for the removal of militants from such a list.

The meeting, at the presidential palace, discussed the peace jirga, corruption, militant reconciliation and reintegration, counter-terrorism and next month's international conference in Kabul.

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  1. Rick McDaniel

    Negotiation will accomplish nothing, with the Taliban.

    June 23, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Iraq Paramedic

    It is a ploy to make Kharzi look good because of his previous comments at the so called peace jirga, remember those. Another comment of his at that meeting was that he would not let our mission begin untill the jirga consul gave it's permission. All the time & work I have put in over here & all the prayers I have said look to be offset by Obama's plan to give the western world over to Islam, what an oreo traiterous lier he is.
    May GOD bless & keep us all !!!!!!!!!

    June 23, 2010 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Onesmallvoice

    Is this really a good will gesture or another political ploy just to make NATO look good???

    June 22, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rik

    Seriously these types of releases encourages the Taliban. 25 more let out to hang some more 7 year old spies.

    June 22, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |

    Maybe Obama will invite them to the White House to play basketball.

    June 22, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jaybob

    These animals cannot be trusted. In a week they'll be returning to their terrorist groups and trying to kill troops and innocent people in droves.

    Hopefully, it ends up like the last time we released the terrorists from prison... nothing went wrong then, right? All those guys went on to get their college education and became productive and loving citizens who love kittens and help old ladies cross the street... right? They've learned their lesson, I'm sure they're legit.

    June 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mitch

    If you would like to slow down and maybe stop war just make it mandatory that every person in Congress children have to serve on a full fledge combat team. I promise there would be greater thought and caution.

    June 22, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Maritta

    Let's get our troops out and put the politicians in led by obama, reid & pelosi!!!!!

    June 22, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Steve

    25 more people sent out with promises to build their communities and sway others to lay down their weapons... yet in reality, they plant more bombs and stage more ambushes. Ridiculous.

    June 22, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |