Obaidullah Akhund

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Mullah Obaidullah Akhund was the Taliban Defense Minister before their overthrow in 2001, and became a senior figure in the Quetta shura. He was arrested by Pakistan [1] While he was reported to be in Pakistani detention in February 2008, there are several reports of his repeated detention and release, sometimes in prisoner exchanges. [2]

One reported exchange was for Pakistani Ambassador to Afghanistan Tariq Azizuddin, although Pakistan has denied that there were any exchanges made.[3]


  1. Carlotta Gall (1 March 2007), Top Taliban Leader Is Arrested in Pakistan
  2. PDA Page for The Long War Journal, Long War Journal. Retrieved on 23 February 2010
  3. Kidnapped ambassador freed: Taliban claim Mulla Obaidullah, others swapped for Tariq Azizuddin; govt denies deal, Pak Tribune, Sunday May 18, 2008. Retrieved on 2008-05-19.