Agha, Syed Mohammad Akbar
|Name||Agha, Syed Mohammad Akbar|
|Date of birth|
|Function/Grade||Ex Leader Taliban Jaish al-Muslimin Group|
|History and Biodata||
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Pakistan has arrested Jaish-ul-Muslimeen head, Syed Akbar Agha, the alleged mastermind of the kidnapping of three U.N. election workers in Afghanistan.(20041100) The Pakistani· Information and Broadcasting Minister, Shaikh Rashid Ahmed, said in a statement that Agha was picked up from a flat in the port city of Karachi a week ago in Jan 2005 and his interrogation was in progress. Akbar Agha was accused of getting $1.5 million in ransom for release of three foreign workers of the United Nations, which were kidnapped in Afghanistan. The trio, who were overseeing Afghanistan's first presidential elections in October, were released on November 23 after three-and-a-half weeks in captivity.
Pakistan deported Agha to Afghanistan where he had been jailed in Pul-i-Charkhi Prison. Agha was freed from prison in Kabul after being pardoned by President Hamid Karzai on 20100402. Akbar Agha was supposed to serve a 16-year sentence for kidnapping three United Nations workers in the Afghan capital in 2004."People from Kandahar had been demanding Akbar Agha's release for a long time. He is from a spiritual family - he's a Sayed, a descendant of the Prophet Mohammad, and that is why they wanted him released, said a Government official.· "He was pardoned on condition that he stays in Kabul. The government's paying the rent on his house - I think it's about $1,000 a month." He says that he has joined the mainstream Taliban of elusive spiritual leader Mullah Omar.
Mullah Sayed Mohammad Akbar Agha. the former· leader of Taliban's Jaish-ul-Muslemin, said that the Taliban always welcomed a peace initiative. While releasing some of the Taliban members are prioritised by Taliban, Akbar says their presence in the negotiations will be necessary. There are possibilities that the release of Maulawi Khairkhah, Noorullah Noori, Maulawi Wasiq, Mohammad Nabi Khosti, Haji Wali Mohammad and Mullah Fazlullah, Taliban's chief of staff, from Guantanomo Bay prison will be proposed. Earlier reports had said that Maulawi Khairkhah, Noorullah Noori, Maulawi Wasiq, Mohammad Nabi Khosti, Haji Wali Mohammad and Mullah Fazlullah (Taliban Chief of Staff) are reportedly among those to be released from the Guantanamo Bay.(20111229)
Sayed Mohammad Akbar Agha has no mandate to speak for the Taliban. He seems to be a turncoat criminal who is controlled by Karzai's Directorate of Security (NDS) and Pakistan's Inter Service Intelligence (ISI). He was a third line Taliban affiliate.
The political movement – Rah-e-Nejat Afghanistan ‘Ways to Save Afghanistan’ announced its establishment during a gathering in Kabul city which was attended by a number of Taliban group members. The movement is led by former Taliban leader Syed Akbar Aqa who was sentenced to 16 years in prison for abducting three UN officials in 2004.
Syed Akbar Aqa was released from the prison by Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Aug 2009.(20100407)