ISLAMABAD - Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz yesterday expressed his ignorance about any Afghan Taliban delegation’s visit to Islamabad in connection with the Afghan peace process.

The statement came in the backdrop of the reports quoting officials as saying that three Afghan Taliban leaders travelled to Pakistan this week and held a series of meetings with Pakistani officials mainly to brief them about the recent talks held in Qatar between the Afghan Taliban and Kabul.

A report quoted the Afghan ambassador to Pakistan Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, an unnamed Pakistani official and a senior Taliban official as having knowledge of the meetings.

“Delegations keep coming, they have come in the past but right now there is no confirmation on the matter,” the statement further read.

He said everyone was trying for peace in Afghanistan and if there is consensus on how to take the dialogue process forward, the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) – the four-nation group working for reconciliation in Afghanistan – could be approached.

He further said that a lot of steps, including the confidence buildings measures, have to be taken before the Afghan Taliban becoming part of the government in Kabul.