A raid in the Pakistani city of Quetta early this week reportedly resulted in the capture of Taliban Defense Minister Mullah Obaidullah Akhund and other suspects. Officials said the arrest occurred as Vice President Dick Cheney was passing through the country’s southwestern region.


Security forces in Pakistan have arrested a former Taleban defence minister, intelligence officials say. Mullah Obaidullah Akhund, said to be a leader in the Taleban insurgency in Afghanistan, was reportedly seized in the south-western city of Quetta.

The raid coincided with a visit by the US vice-president on Monday, officials say. However, Pakistani officials have not formally confirmed the arrest.

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