Islamabad, Feb 18: In another massive blow to Taliban, a second high-ranking Afghan Taliban leader was arrested in a joint US-Pakistani intelligence operation in Pakistan, Newsweek Magazine reported.
Taliban sources in the region and a counter terrorism officials in Washington have identified the detained insurgent leader as Mullah Abdul Salam, described as the Taliban movement's "shadow governor" of Afghanistan's Kunduz province.
The report said that Mullah Abdul Salam, as on his way to meet the recently arrested Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, when he was captured Pakistani security forces in Faisalabad few weeks ago.
Salam's arrest comes close to the capture of the Mullah Baradar, who is the second in command to Mullah Muhammad Omar.
However, it is uncertain whether Mullah Baradar had provided any information to the officials which could have led to the Mullah Salam's arrest.