A Swedish national who was imprisoned at the US military base in Guantnamo Bay for several years has been arrested in Pakistan. Mehdi Ghezali was arrested last week at a checkpoint in the southern town of Dera Ghazi Khan. He was travelling with a group of foreigners to the South Waziristan tribal region, an al-Qaeda stronghold on the border with Afghanistan. Mr Ghezali is among three Swedes and four Turks who are now being interrogated by Pakistani Intelligence on suspicion of entering the country illegally and to see if they have links with militants. A senior Pakistani army officer said that they had come to Pakistan via Iran. Mr Ghezali was carrying a laptop and $10,000 (6,000). A resident of Orebro, in central Sweden, Mr Ghezali, 30, had previously been arrested in December 2001 near the Tora Bora mountains in eastern Afghanistan and was handed over to the US military. He spent more than two years at Guantnamo Bay before being released in 2004 without charge. The Pakistan Army also captured a senior Taleban commander yesterday, dealing a serious blow to the militant leadership that is spearheading a bloody insurgency in northwestern Swat Valley. Muslim Khan, a spokesman for the Taleban, and four other commanders were arrested in an operation near Mingora, the main town in Swat. A military spokesman said that the arrest of Mr Khan, one of the most wanted militant leaders, was a major breakthrough in the battle with the insurgents. Khan, 50, who had a bounty of 80,000 on his head, had claimed responsibility for several Taleban attacks in recent months. Authorities had offered a reward of millions of dollars for Mullah Fazalullah, who is leading the insurgency, and his ten top lieutenants, but yesterday marked the first announcement of any arrests from the list.(The Times)