ISLAMABAD  - Reiterating support to all efforts for a free and fair electoral process in Afghanistan, Pakistan on Monday regretted statements by senior Afghan officials over continuing allegations of Pakistan's involvement in terrorist incidents in Afghanistan and "impeding" efforts for talks between Taliban and the High Peace Council. "We have rejected such allegations earlier and we do so again. Continuation of this blame game not only vitiates the environment of bilateral relations but also undermines our sincere efforts to rebuild trust and understanding," Foreign Office spokesperson said in a statement.

The spokesperson noted that safe and peaceful conduct of the Afghan elections was in Pakistan's best interest, as it would strengthen the prospects of stability in Afghanistan. Similarly, the spokesperson said that Pakistan's support and facilitation of an inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process remained sincere and steadfast.

Pakistan's positive role in this context is internationally acknowledged and we are certain that attempts to misrepresent our position would not succeed, the spokesperson added.

The spokesperson hoped that Pakistan's earnest desire and continuous efforts for close cooperative relations with Afghanistan would be duly reciprocated and a conducive environment would be maintained for the bilateral relationship to progress without any hindrance.