Mullah Baradar, along with six other leaders of the Afghan Taliban’s leadership council, thought to have been based in western Pakistani city of Quetta, were apprehended in February this year, reported The Christian Science Monitor. Mullah Baradar was arrested in a joint operation by Pakistani and American intelligence officials in the southern port city of Karachi in a move that signaled Pakistan’s changing attitude toward the Afghan Taliban.
CNN reported on Tuesday that it had received videos showing the three hostages, a filmmaker and two Pakistani intelligence officials, calling for the release of Mullah Baradar and two other Afghan Taliban leaders.
[An Afghan Taliban source] e-mailed CNN videos of the two former intelligence officials, Khalid Khawaja and retired Col. Sultan Amir Tarar. The source said they would be killed if Afghan Taliban leaders Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Mullah Abdul Kabir and Mullah Mansour Dadullah were not released in 10 days….
Khawaja and Tarar are former members of the ISI, Pakistan's top spy agency. The two were acting as guides for filmmaker Asad Qureshi, who was working on a documentary on militants in Pakistan's tribal region.