ISLAMABAD - The inaugural meeting of Safe Passage Working Group of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan was held here at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday. Delegations from Kabul, Washington and Islamabad participated in the meeting and agreed to continue further discussions. The Trilateral Core Group of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States in its meeting at Islamabad on April 7, 2012 had agreed to establish this Working Group. Diplomatic sources told TheNation that release of a key Afghan Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar being detained by Pakistan also came under discussion during the inaugural meeting of the core group. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was captured in Karachi in February 2010, is ranked second to Taliban top leader Mullah Omar, and therefore can play key role in peace and reconciliation.Sources further said that meeting of Safe Passage Working Group would also pave way for the much-awaited visit of head of Afghanistan High Peace Council, Salahuddin Rabbani. Salahuddin Rabbani has been postponing his crucial visit to Pakistan so far on one pretext and other that his visit to Pakistan would not bear fruits until and unless Kabul and Islamabad mutually agreed on definite agenda of his visit.The head of Afghan High Peace Council Salahuddin Rabbani, sources further said, would like that Islamabad releases Mullah Baradar and other Taliban leaders to make his visit to Pakistan meaningful.The Afghan government sought Baradar’s release during Prime Minister Raja Pervaz Ashraf‘s recent visit to Kabul, sources said adding that the talks attended by Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt-Gen Zaheerrul Islam were ‘candid and frank’. Pakistan has so far been showing cold shoulder to Afghanistan’s demand for access to Baradar and others but after Prime Minister’s visit to Afghanistan the government has been actively considering the release of Mullah Omar’s ‘deputy’ to oblige Kabul.“Certain legal issues are hindering the process to work out the modalities “, sources said, adding the detained Taliban commander was not ready to be released without certain guarantees from Afghanistan.