Blindfolded and in chains: The latest Taliban commander to be captured in Pakistan after deputy is seizedBy Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 4:37 AM on 18th February 2010
Another suspected Taliban military leader was arrested in the Pakistan today just hours after it emerged the group's second in command had been seized.
Abu Waqas was captured by police in Karachi, the same city where CIA agents helped find Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the No. 2 behind Afghan Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar.
Waqas, who is accused of commanding insurgents in Pakistan's Bajaur region on the Afghan border, allegedly admitted recruiting several young girls as suicide bombers.
Captured: Abu Waqas in custody today in Karachi, where Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the No. 2 behind Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar, was caught
Members of the Pakistani Crime Investigation Department escort an arrested Waqas
He was pictured shackled and blindfolded as he was led into security forces custody this afternoon.
The recent arrest represent a major victory against the insurgents as allied troops push into their heartland in southern Afghanistan.
Today President Barack Obama said it represented a 'big success for our mutual efforts in the region.'
Waqas was fully blindfolded and shackled as he was photographed
Baradar was held ten days ago in a joint U.S. and Pakistani operation and is now said to be talking to his interrogators.
He is the most senior Afghan Taliban leader arrested since the beginning of the Afghan war in 2001.
Pakistan's spy agency has been accused in the past of protecting top Taliban leaders believed sheltering in the country, frustrating Washington.