ISLAMABAD (AFP) Pakistan is planning to help broker peace efforts in Afghanistan by acting as a bridge between the Kabul government and powerful Haqqani network, security officials said Wednesday. Relations between Kabul and Islamabad have been marked by distrust, but there have been growing signs of rapprochement and Afghan President Hamid Karzai in March welcomed an offer from Pakistan to help with peace efforts. Pakistan is assisting the Karzai govt and acting as a bridge between his administration and the Haqqani network, one security official told AFP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to media. Haqqani network leaders are based in North Waziristan. Created by Afghan warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani and run by his son Sirajuddin the group is one of the toughest US foes in Afghanistan, particularly in the east of the country. But one senior military official told AFP that while there was perhaps some strategic planning about reaching out to the Haqqanis on behalf of Kabul, no precise contacts had yet been made. May be there is some thinking, some planning on a strategic level to broker such a deal, but on ground there is no development yet, the official said. Pakistan has come under US pressure to press a military campaign in North Waziristan, but commanders have been reluctant to deploy overstretched troops against groups such as the Haqqani which refrain from attacks within Pakistan. Karzai has come to understand Pakistans role in building contacts with different groups for future negotiations, said an official. Apparently he wants to develop contacts with all groups to kick off an effective Afghan-led process of reconciliation before foreign troops begin to withdraw from Afghanistan in July 2011, the security official said. The Pakistani govt neither confirmed nor denied the development. Pakistan will continue helping Afghanistan achieve re-integration and reconciliation, foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Basit told AFP. The government of Pakistan is ready to play any role under an Afghan-led process for re-integration, he added. A landmark conference convened by Karzai in Kabul this month saw 1,600 representatives from across the country come up with a 16-point declaration in which they urged all parties to disarm and reconcile. Retired general Talat Masood, who is now a military analyst, said any moves from Karzai to bind Pakistan into reconciliation and reintegration efforts would lessen the pressures on Pakistan to act in North Waziristan. Nothing suits Pakistan more than to ask the Haqqani group to be part of the reconciliation process, if it wants to prevent US pressure to launch an operation in North Waziristan, he told AFP.