ISLAMABAD–U.S. troops in Afghanistan have handed over three Pakistani detainees to Islamabad, a statement said Sunday, and a security source said one of them was a senior Pakistani Taliban commander. ��Acting on behalf of the United States government, we transferred custody of three Pakistanis held in U.S. custody in Afghanistan, to Pakistan,�� U.S. Forces-Afghanistan said in a statement in Kabul.
��This followed consultations between the U.S. and Pakistan and after receiving appropriate assurances,�� it added. The statement did not identify the detainees. But a Pakistani security official said one of them was Latif Mehsud, a close aide to the former chief of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Hakeemullah Mehsud. He was brought to Islamabad on Saturday along with two other Pakistani militants captured in Afghanistan �X one from the northwestern Pakistani city of Swat and another from the South Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border.