Peshawar: Taliban leader arrested
PESHAWAR: A senior Taliban leader was arrested from Peshawar on Saturday. A senior policeman confirmed Ustad Yasir was arrested, but declined to give details. The arrest was made by an intelligence agency at around 9am, the sources said. Formerly a leader of Abdurrab Rasool Sayyaf’sIttehad-e-Islami group in Afghanistan, Yasir joined the Taliban in 2001 after Sayyaf announced support for Afghan President Hamid Karzai. He was arrested from the NWFP in 2005 and released from Kabul’s Pul-e-Charkhi prison in exchange for kidnapped Italian journalist Daniele Mastrogiacomo.