ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has left it to Afghan government to decide about the fate of peace and reconciliation process and wishes the US and China to be part of any future talks in this regard. “We have left it to Kabul to decide about the fate of peace talks with Taliban,” a senior government official privy to the development said yesterday.

Requesting not to be named, the official said that Pakistan wanted US and China to be part of the peace and reconciliation process, besides Islamabad and Kabul. The official was of the view that Afghan government will have to choose now between peace talks and use of military option against Afghan Taliban. “If Afghan rulers prefer military option, there must be discussions among Pakistan, Afghanistan, the US and China also.”

“Pakistan has been facilitating the process in good faith. But now any initiative has to come from Kabul,” he added. “It is our understanding that several Taliban fighters have recently left Pakistan,” the official said, arguing that Islamabad’s warnings to the Afghan insurgent groups not to use its soil against the neighbouring country would have led to their exodus.

About Islamabad’s strategy on Afghanistan, the official explained that Kabul has been clearly told that Pakistan would not fight Afghanistan’s war on ‘its soil’. “There are several options between taking a military action and leaving the Afghan Taliban untouched,” the official said in response to a question on whether Pakistan would use force against the Afghan Taliban if they used its soil against the neighbouring country.

When asked about Islamabad’s plans regarding exposing Indian subversive activities in Pakistan at the annual UN General Assembly, the official said that Pakistan had taken a decision in principle to raise the issue. He said the relevant authorities were working out a mechanism to effectively present Pakistan's case on Indian interference at the world body.

The sources said Pakistan had concrete evidence of Indian involvement in acts of terrorism in the country. They said Pakistan did not respond to the Indian propaganda campaign rather it had solid proof against New Delhi. The sources said Pakistan desired normalisation of relations with India and the purpose of highlighting the Indian interference at the world forum was to stop India from taking any aggressive posture.

The sources said Pakistan did not send non-state actors to India rather it had started an unflinching campaign to purge the homeland from terrorist elements. They said, besides India, Afghan land was also being used against Pakistan. Evidence of the involvement of Afghan elements in Badaber tragedy would be shared with the Afghan leadership.

Sharing details of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's upcoming address to the UN General Assembly, the sources said it would be a comprehensive speech covering Kashmir dispute, Afghanistan issue, Pakistan's counter-terrorism efforts, relations with China and the situation in South Asia and Middle East.

The official also pointed out that Pakistan was seeking reforms in the UN Security Council in order to make it an accountable, democratic and representative body.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan told a group of reporters the other day that Pakistan was clear in connection with respect to relations with Afghanistan and Pakistan wanted same from other side. He hoped that Afghanistan would not speak ‘someone other's language’. "Both countries should continue bilateral relations as the security situation of both the sides was interlinked," he said.

He advocated for fencing of border area with Afghanistan to reduce infiltration. He stressed the need for joint efforts by Pakistan and Afghanistan to stop infiltration permanently.