The development comes amid rising US-Pakistani tensions following President Donald Trumps accusations that Pakistan was harboring militants and the withholding of American aid to Islamabad.
Sufi Mohammad was set free on health grounds and the paperwork for his release was still being processed Tuesday, said defense lawyer Fida Gul.
Mohammad, imprisoned since 2009, is also known as the father-in-law of Mullah Fazlullah, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban who is believed to be hiding in Afghanistan.
Washington accuses Pakistan of turning a blind eye to militants. Pakistan denies the charge. Last week, Trump said that the United States had foolishly given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid in the last 15 years and had gotten nothing in return but lies & deceit.
Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Pakistans ambassador to Washington, accused the Trump administration of ignoring the sacrifices made by Pakistan in the war on terror.
The claim is unfair, Chaudhry told The Associated Press over the weekend, before heading back to Washington.
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