Pakistan frees anti-US cleric from prison on health grounds

Pakistan frees anti-US cleric from prison on health grounds

Release of 93-year-old Sufi Mohammad, a former chief of pro-Taliban group, could increase US-Pakistani tensions

A radical anti-US cleric imprisoned in Pakistan since 2009 has been released from jail on health grounds, his lawyer and prison authorities have said.

Sufi Mohammad, 93, is a former chief of the Tehreek-e-Nafaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM), a banned pro-Taliban group. He became widely known after he went to Afghanistan with thousands of other armed volunteers to help the Taliban fight against Americans after the 2001 US-led invasion. He was captured upon his return to Pakistan.

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