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Afghan official denies 2,500 Pakistani prisoners to be released

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- An Afghan official Monday denied a statement by a Pakistani political leader that Afghanistan had agreed to release about 2,500 Pakistani prisoners.

The issue had been raised by leaders of the Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam Fazal after talks in Kabul, Khaama Press reported.

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The party's deputy chief, Maulana Gul Naseeb Khan, told reporters in Pakistan Saturday that 2,500 prisoners would be released as a result of the talks.

Aimal Faizi, a spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, said JUI-F chief Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman has asked only for the release of prisoners who were members of JUI-F.

Faizi said Karzai told Rehman he would consider reviewing the cases of the Pakistani prisoners.

Rehman made the comments after he returned from a visit with Karzai during which they discussed various issues, including the Afghan peace process, the report said.

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