efe-epaBy Baber Khan Sahel, Kabul

Afghanistan on Sunday decided to set free 400 contentious Taliban prisoners, clearing the last major hurdle in the way of intra-Afghan peace talks between the government and the insurgents to end decades of war.

President Ashraf Ghani, who had withheld the release of these Taliban prisoners accused of serious crimes like murder, kidnapping, and drug smuggling, took the decision a grand consultative meeting of tribal elders, community leaders, and politicians cleared their freedom order. EFE-EPA