ISLAMABAD - Afghan Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul is due to visit Pakistan next week to discuss bilateral relations as well as peace and reconciliation process initiated by the Afghan government, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday.

The sources in the Foreign Office told TheNation that Dr. Zalmai would pay a two-day official visit to Pakistan beginning from coming Friday to meet his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar.

“Both the sides will discuss bilateral relations,” the sources said rejecting the media reports that the Afghan Foreign Minister is coming with a new list of Afghan Taliban Kabul believes are in Islamabad’s custody and wants their release to push forward the reconciliation process.

The official sources insisted that there was no such demand from Afghanistan and the only bilateral issues would come under discussion.

However, other sources believed that the Afghan Foreign Minister would discuss the release of more Taliban during his meetings with the Foreign Minister. He would also meet the President, Prime Minister and Chief of Army Staff general Kiyani.

The sources said that Afghan Foreign Minister would brief Pakistani authorities about the impact of release of score of Afghan Taliban leaders Pakistan has set free recently on the request of Chairman of Afghan High Peace Council Mr. Salahuddin Rabbani.

A senior official who requested not to be named said that Pakistan had released Afghan Taliban as a good will gesture and as a facilitator to Afghan efforts in order to make reconciliation a meaningful process.

He further said that Pakistan would take up with the Afghan Foreign Minister the issue of militants training camps in Kunar and Nuristan provinces from where they have been mounting attacks against Pakistani security forces in the border areas on Pak-Afghan border.

“We want the Afghan government and ISAF to take concrete steps in bring these training camps to end. Pakistan also wants Afghan government arrest former TTP commander in Swat Maulvi Fazalullah and hand him over to Pakistan”, he said.

On the other hand, the sources close to some Afghan resistance groups maintained that Taliban remain divided about the prospects of reconciliation efforts as some were still inclined to follow what is known as the Qatar process. While some Taliban groups want Saudi Arabia to play a key role in this connection.

Despite calls from Human Right Watch that the Afghan government should not reconcile with Taliban who had committed crimes, senior American diplomats in Pakistan say it was just one issue while the process of reconciliation cannot be stopped in the interest of peace and stability in Afghanistan.