They freed Maulana Sufi Mohammed. The LATimes story is about this act and how Pakistan seems to be going its own way. But the story is bigger than just this.
The Taliban/alQaeda kidnapped Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan, Tariq Azizuddin. This happened back in Feb, but a video was just released over the weekend of the man.
Pakistan has been working on getting him released. With the release of the video, that makes things more public. One of the Taliban/alQaeda demands has been the release of some of their militants. One of them is named, Maulana Abdul Aziz.
They are not the same person, but it makes me wonder if Pakistan isn’t working some deal here. Not just “indicate the new government’s conciliatory approach toward Islamic militants.”