Islamabad: A top aide of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has recently visited Pakistan in what comes as an indication of the acknowledgement of Pakistan's central role in Afghan peace process, as Kabul seeks Islamabad's help in bringing peace in the war-torn country.

Sources in Interior Ministry confirmed that Haji Din Muhammad, a close aide of President Ashraf Ghani has secretly visited Peshawar and Islamabad to lower tension between the two neighboring countries.

However, Afghanistan's Embassy in Islamabad insists that the Afghan dignitary was on 'condolence mission.'

When approached, an Embassy official, requesting anonymity, said Haji Din Muhammad visited Pakistan to offer condolences to the leaders of Awami National Party (ANP) on the death of one of their leaders.

The official, however, failed to mention the name of the ANP leader on whose presumed death the Afghan official had landed here to offer condolences.

"I can't recall the leader's name but Haji sahib was here to offer condolences. Nothing more than that," the official commented.

As the second round of talks was postponed due to the news of Taliban chief Mullah Omar’s death, Afghan Advisor discussed initiating another round of talks between Afghan Taliban and the government in Kabul.

"It looks like the Afghans have sensed the gravity of the situation only after some Afghan districts have been captured by Taliban. They have come to realise that Pakistan's role is vital in bringing peace in Afghanistan," the sources referred to an alarming upscale in Taliban led insurgency in Afghanistan.

The visiting Afghan envoy assured that Afghanistan will extend all possible cooperation to jointly curb the menace of terrorism and better relations to weigh down cross-border tensions to move forward leaving the legacy of mutual distrust behind, sources added.

Afghan envoy requested Pakistani authorities to support peace process with Taliban.

Pakistan had recently hosted the first-ever direct talks between the Afghan government and Taliban representatives in Murree as part of its efforts to put an end to over a decade-old conflict in the war-torn country.

The second round of talks scheduled for July 31this year in Pakistan, was postponed at the request of the Afghan government and the Taliban leadership.

Afghanistan wants to bolster security and defence ties with Pakistan including cooperation in border management, sources said.

Islamabad’s relations with Kabul, which have traditionally been stressed and complicated, plummeted to new lows over the past couple of years due to reignited border disputes, counter-terrorism differences and exchange of allegations.

Pakistan took the first step to restore the strained ties by sending President Mamnoon Hussain to the oath-taking ceremony of President Ghani.

This was followed by visits by Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz and Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif and many senior military officials.

In recent months, after terrorism was recorded on rise in Afghanistan, the Afghan president accused Pakistan for 'imposing war' on Afghanistan in a clear indication that all was not well between the two neighbouring states.

Many believed Mullah Omar's death implied the demise of Pakistan's political role in Afghanistan's negotiated settlement before the revival of insurgency turned the tables with Kabul now seeking Islamabad's help to combat terrorism.