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A deal between the US and the Taliban has come to the fore. Negotiations for this were going on for several months. The deal is being called Prisoner Exchange. An American engineer was in Taliban captivity for two years. It has been released by the Taliban regime. In return, the US released the dreaded Taliban terrorist, drug smuggler and financier.
The special thing is that the US President himself gave information about this. However, he avoided giving details. The Taliban also agreed to the prisoner exchange, but they avoided giving details.
who are these two prisoners
The American engineer, who was released by the Taliban, is Mark Frericks. The Talibani left by America is Haji Bashir Noorji. Both the Taliban and the US have confirmed this exchange. Haji Bashir was smuggling drugs in Kandahar for many years. Due to this black business, he also became a big businessman around 1990.
Haji Bashir Noorji (centre) was imprisoned by the US for many years. He is free now.
talks that lasted two years
The process of exchange of prisoners lasted two years. Freriks was previously in the US Navy. Later started working on contract in Afghanistan. He was captured and taken hostage by the Taliban in January 2020. Since then he was in a prison in Afghanistan.
On the other hand, Bashir Noorji was arrested by the US in 2005 on drug trafficking charges. He was kept in a prison in America. After 17 years, he is released under bargaining.
Mark Frericks was serving with the US military in Afghanistan. (file)
The stand of both the governments is not clear.
Taliban Foreign Minister Muttaki said – We are ready for talks with any country including America. At the same time, US President Joe Biden said in a statement – it was necessary to bring Mark. It is difficult to make such decisions. I don’t take these things lightly.
Biden wants all American citizens trapped in Afghanistan to be brought back as soon as possible. The Biden government signed a peace agreement with the Taliban in Doha in 2020. In this, the Taliban demanded the withdrawal of troops from America and restoration of peace.
Two years ago, Taliban leader Mullah Baradar signed a peace deal with the US in Doha.
Biden will spend Afghanistan’s money for the people there
Biden froze Afghanistan’s assets and funds after the Taliban took over Afghanistan. These funds and assets are worth about $9 billion. Biden has put these funds in a trust in Switzerland. This trust will work for the people of Afghanistan. The Taliban will have no part in this. On the other hand, the Taliban wanted the Biden administration to hand over these funds to them. America was not ready for this.
More people of America trapped in the rule of Taliban
Independent filmmaker Ivon Sharer of America is also under Taliban control. He and his Afghan producer were taken prisoner when he was filming in Kabul. Now America will try for their release.
In fact, when the US killed al-Qaeda leader al-Zawahiri in Kabul last month, the US feared that the Taliban might kill American citizens in its captivity. However, the Taliban did nothing of the sort.