ISLAMABAD – Pakistani security forces have arrested some suspected Taliban officials in a raid in northwestern Pakistan bordering Afghanistan, police said on Tuesday.
Pakistani newspaper reports quoted unnamed officials as saying Mawlavi Abdul Kabir — a deputy of elusive Taliban chief Mullah Mohammad Omar — was among those arrested, but senior Pakistani officials said they were unable to confirm this.
Police said “a few” suspected Taliban officials were arrested on Saturday night in a raid on an Afghan refugee camp in Akora Khattack, a town around 100 km (60 miles) northwest of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.
Pakistan’s Interior Minister Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao and Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, contacted by Reuters, said they were unable to confirm that the group included Kabir. A Taliban spokesman said in April that Kabir was the head of the Taliban’s political commission, which would make him the number two to Mullah Omar…