Meeting with Pakistani officials follows insurgent groups contacts with both Afghan and US officials in recent months
Senior members of the Talibans political commission based in Qatar have travelled to Pakistan for discussions with security officials there about possible peace talks with the Afghan government.
The development follows the revelation this week that Taliban officials held two rounds of secret talks with Afghanistans spy chief and a senior US diplomat in the capital of the Gulf state, Doha, this month and last month meetings Pakistan was excluded from despite its long association with the Islamist movement.
Two sources within the insurgency told the Guardian that a trio of Taliban diplomats left Doha on Wednesday with a mission to hold talks with Pakistani officials.
The visiting Afghan Taliban delegation will discuss various topics, including peace talks, and share the latest information with Pakistan, a senior official told the Guardian.
The men are Maulvi Shahabuddin Dilawar, a former ambassador to Pakistan, Mullah Jan Muhammad Madani, a former foreign minister under the Taliban regime in the 1990s, and Mullah Abdul Salam, a former deputy education minister.
The Taliban official said the discussions being held in Pakistan follow successful contacts made with both Afghan and US officials in recent months.
Taliban and the Americans have been engaged in a number of rounds of talks in Qatar, he said. They have made some progress, on a very zigzag path. God willing, we hope further talks will create progress.
Last year Pakistan succeeded in establishing itself as the host and broker of an effort to end the 15-year insurgency in Afghanistan. Islamabad managed to bring Taliban, US and Chinese diplomats around the same table at a breakthrough meeting in the Pakistani hill resort of Murree in July 2015.
But a scheduled second meeting never took place after the Afghan government confirmed that the former Taliban leader Mullah Omar had died years previously and that the movement had been run in his name by Mullah Akhtar Mansoor.
After a bitter leadership fight, Mansoor formally became the Taliban leader but showed little interest in re-engaging in the Pakistan-brokered process.
Mansoor was killed by a US drone strike in May, creating further uncertainty about the chances of peace talks.